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Zika Microcephaly Cases In Cape Verde Increase To Eleven

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Cape Verde has recorded 11 cases of microcephaly associated with Zika virus, and one of the babies diagnosed with the disease was stillborn, according to the country's Ministry of Health, released today (23).

The figures were disclosed by the medical epidemiologist Maria de Lurdes Monteiro, the Integrated Surveillance Service and Responses to Epidemics for reflection and dialogue on the impact of Zika in women, sponsored by UN Women in Cape Verde.

According to the doctor, until the 14th of this month were born 10 babies with microcephaly associated with zika virus. Another was born dead with multiple malformations.

Maria de Lurdes said nine of the cases occurred in the city of Praia and two on the island of Maio, where the death was registered.

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Cape Verde registers 11 cases of microcephaly associated with Zika virus

 
 
  • 06/23/2016 10h58
  • Praia (Cape Verde)
Agency Lusa

Cape Verde has recorded 11 cases of microcephaly associated with Zika virus, and one of the babies diagnosed with the disease was stillborn, according to the country's Ministry of Health, released today (23).

The figures were disclosed by the medical epidemiologist Maria de Lurdes Monteiro, the Integrated Surveillance Service and Responses to Epidemics for reflection and dialogue on the impact of Zika in women, sponsored by UN Women in Cape Verde.

According to the doctor, until the 14th of this month were born 10 babies with microcephaly associated with zika virus. Another was born dead with multiple malformations.

Maria de Lurdes said nine of the cases occurred in the city of Praia and two on the island of Maio, where the death was registered.

The doctor reported that the authorities accompany about 240 pregnant women and 170 in Praia, 44 in São Filipe, on Fogo Island, 22 May and four in Boavista.

The first case of microcephaly associated with the Zika virus in Cape Verde was detected in March this year, six months after the disease has been declared epidemic. So far, there have been more than 7,500 suspected cases.

Of the total cases, which fell from January, Maria de Lurdes said that 65% were reported in women and the rest in men.

Recalling that the mosquito that transmits the disease is the "main enemy of public health in Cape Verde" at this time, the doctor added that the goal should be to vector control, to eliminate all mosquito outbreaks.

She stressed the need to involve all civil society in combating the disease, women's empowerment, in carrying out cleaning campaigns before, during and after the rainy season, use of repellents and clothing to protect the body, among other measures.

Earlier this month, Minister of Cape Verde Health, Arlindo Rosario, said that since April 25 the circulation of the virus is not detected in the country and analyzed mosquitoes are not infected.

In an interview, vanilloid Furtado, UN Women program coordinator in Cape Verde, said the biggest concern is with pregnant women, the consequences and risks, and babies born with microcephaly.

Because the majority of cases (65%) have been diagnosed in women, the coordinator said it plans to draw up a plan to control and have multi-sectoral and comprehensive responses to the impacts of the disease in women.

Edition: Grace Adjuto

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