Cuba reports first locally contracted Zika virus case
The Cuban Health authorities announced Tuesday the first case of Zika contracted inside the island.
A 21-year-old woman residing in the Havana municipality of Centro Habana and who had not been abroad reported symptoms on March 7 and was hospitalized following a test for Zika which proved positive. The woman remains in Hospital without symptoms, according to the announcement read on Cuban TV.
Cuba reported four previous Zika cases, all related to persons who contracted the disease in Venezuela. The island reported its first case on March 2, making it one of the last nations in the region to report the virus.
Cuban authorities have deployed an island-wide program to fight the mosquito Aedes, which transmits the disease.