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Peru implements measures against zika virus in airports, ports and borders

Hillary Ojeda

Zika is now present in 21 countries.

Peru implements measures against zika virus in airports, ports and borders

Peru has not yet reported imported or native cases of Zika. (Photo: Peru21/@MinsaPerú en Twitter)

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently informed that the mosquito-transmitted zika virus is likely to spread across the Americas.

It was first detected in Brazil in May 2015 and is now present in 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Peru’s health ministry has announced that it is strengthening its protection measures to prevent the virus’ spread into the country, according to Peru21.

Zika virus expected to spread across Americas

To prevent the spread, vice minister of Public Health, Percy Minaya informed that vigilance at all ports, borders and airports in Peru will be increased. He said that if an individual shows signs of symptoms similar to zika, they will be permitted to take a blood sample.

The blood test is processed in 72 hours and there in will determine if the individual is positive or negative for the zika virus.

In the meantime, health officials from the Ministry of Health recommend:
1. Removing useless items that collect water
2. Cleaning, brushing and covering containers that store water
3. Allowing health workers to enter your home

There have not yet been reports of native or imported zika cases in Peru.

The infection causes symptoms that typically last up to seven days, such as mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, and may be linked to thousands of babies born with underdeveloped brains.

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