Countries around the world are taking measures to tackle the Zika virus. It has been 50 years since Nigeria registered the first known human infection of the virus.
Doctors fear a Zika outbreak could deal a devastating blow to Nigeria’s already fragile public health system.
CCTV’s Deji Badmus reports.
Nigeria issues Zika-related travel restriction for pregnant womenCountries around the world are taking measures to tackle the Zika virus. It has been 50 years since Nigeria registered the first known human infection of the virus. Doctors fear a Zika outbreak could deal a devastating blow to Nigeria's already fragile public health system. CCTV's Deji Badmus reports. The first human case of the Zika virus was registered in Nigeria back in 1968 Health authorities in Nigeria say there is not a single case of Zika virus in the country, but some health experts like Dr Disu Oyewoga, who has been helping in the fight against Lassa fever, warn that Nigeria is very vulnerable because the mosquitoes that carry the virus are very common there.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map of countries, territories with active Zika transmission
In the America’s these places include:
Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela.
In the region that encompasses Oceania and the Pacific Islands:
The World Health Organization declares Zika virus a global emergency
The WHO’s declaration will help rally efforts, but what is being done right now to stop Zika’s spread?
Doctor Stephen Higgs Spoke to CCTV about the Zika virus. Doctor Stephen Higgs is director of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University, and is an expert on infectious diseases.