The first case of autochthonous transmission of the Zika virus has been detected in Cuba, corresponding to a woman aged 21, resident in the municipality of Centro Habana, Havana province, with no history of having traveled abroad. The corresponding epidemiological investigations are underway.
The patient began to experiencing headache, retro-orbital pain, a lack of energy and conjunctivitis on March 7. She visited her local polyclinic on March 9, from where she was referred to the Freyre Andrade Hospital, where she was admitted the same day. A blood sample was taken and sent to the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) for diagnosis.
On March 14, the IPK laboratory confirmed that the Real-Time PCR test conducted on admittance to hospital had proven positive for the Zika virus.
The patient remains hospitalized and is asymptomatic.
Given this situation, the need for strict compliance with all sanitation measures and greater vigilance is reiterated. Any individual experiencing suspicious symptoms should immediately consult their doctor. The current fight underway to reduce the infestation levels of Aedes mosquitoes, in order to eliminate or reduce the risk of transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika, will continue.