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Fear Of Zika Virus Ends Trips to Latin America

In attempt to avoid Zika virus infection in the country, the Federal Government has restricted traveling to Latin-America countries until further notice.
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewale, who disclosed this on Sunday, opened that the restriction particularly affects pregnant women.
World Health Organisation (WHO) gave the figure of affected countries to be 23 with Latin America as the most affected. WHO also made it plain that at the moment, there is no cure or vaccine for Zika virus infection.
The Minister, who alerted Nigerians on the recent outbreak of Zika virus infection, which was first discovered in Brazil in 2014, explained that the virus is transmitted by a bite of mosquito vector, according to available studies, and ‎manifests as 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 newborns when pregnant women are affected. The diseases usually occur about three to 12 days after the mosquito vector bite.
Adewole said in a statement: “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 efforts to manage Lassa fever outbreak in the country.”
He urged 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 ports of entry into the country to interview anyone coming from any of the Latin American countries for evidence of Zika virus symptoms.
He also announced that 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.

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  1. I completely agree with Charlie. Don’t let this fool you, I think no mtaetr where you are, you can still find things to appreciate. The journey is not flat, and you can’t expect that same high level of excitement every single day, why not take the time, step back, and enjoy the most basics of life? I am sure the cuisine is unique where you are, I am sure the locals have personality you can’t find anywhere else, I am sure there gotta be something in the art and music scene that you and Glenn will enjoy. As a reader, I totally want to read about them, remember it is a privilage for what you are doing now, treasure it like you promised yourself before the trip began.Cheers.

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