Category: Health

Zika virus confirmed in Martinique

Zika fever is a disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV), transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. This virus was first isolated in 1947 from rhesus monkey samples, in the Zika forest in Uganda. The virus was named after the region where it was first collected. The mosquito-borne Zika virus is getting closer to Barbados with nearby French island, Martinique, becoming the latest Caribbean country to report confirmed cases. That island is the 11th country in t…