Health Minister warns pregnant Nigerian women against traveling to Latin America over outbreak of Zika Virus

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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has warned pregnant
Nigerian women against traveling to Latin America over the recent
outbreak of a strange viral disease known as Zika which is transmitted
by a certain class of Mosquito. The strange disease causes babies to
have abnormally small heads and growth difficulties.

The spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Health,
Boade Akinola, in a statement released today, said that there is no
recorded case of the disease in Nigeria.

“The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole is
intimating Nigerians on the recent outbreak of. Zika virus infection,
which was first discovered in Brazil in 2014. The virus is transmitted
by a bite of mosquito vector. The manifestation of Zika virus infection
include: mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches, joint pain
(arthralgia), muscle pain (myalgia), loss of weight (asthenia), and
non-purulent conjunctivitis. The virus is also associated with higher
risk of congenital malformations in newborn when pregnant women are
affected. The disease usually occurs about three (3) to twelve (12) days
after the mosquito vector bite. The World Health Organisation has
raised a global alert because the disease has affected about 23
countries in Americas especially in Latin America. At the moment, there
is no cure or vaccine for Zika virus infection. The federal ministry of
health hereby advises a travel restriction especially by pregnant women
to Latin America for now until situation improves. In addition, the
honourable minister of health has directed Nigeria Center for Disease
Control (NCDC) to include Zika virus diagnosis as part of ongoing effort
to manage Lassa Fever outbreak in the country. Prof Adewole, therefore
urges Nigerians to be vigilant and report promptly any case of
unexplained fever that is more than 48 hours, especially in those with
recent travels to Latin America, to health care professionals. He also
enjoined those working at various port of entry into the country to
interview anyone coming from any of the Latin American countries for
evidence Zika virus symptoms. In conclusion, the minister assures
Nigerian that there is no single case of Zika virus infection in the
country and there is no need to panic. The federal ministry of health
will continue to monitor the situation and update Nigerians of any other
developments. Women in Brazil have already been advised not to get
pregnant in the next two years”the statement rea

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