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Zika Virus Infection in Cape Verde

03 Nov 2015

The media has reported on an outbreak of Zika virus infection in Cape Verde. On 2 November 2015, the Ministry of Health confirmed the outbreak following laboratory testing of 64 samples from suspected cases. Seventeen samples were positive for Zika virus.

Between September and October, a total of 1000 suspected cases have been reported. The outbreak is occurring in the city of Praia thus far and between 50-60 individuals are seeking medical attention at health facilities daily.

Advice for Travellers

Cape Verde is a popular destination for UK travellers.

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.