SAN JUAN – The Barbadian Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of the Zika virus in three pregnant women, bringing the total number of cases in the country to seven, the government said in a statement.
The women were notified of the test results and will be treated for the virus, which has been linked in Brazil to a surge in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads, a condition known as microcephaly.
“Specialized obstetrics care will also be provided to monitor the progress of their pregnancies,” the Health Ministry said.
Authorities have warned pregnant women of the need to avoid infection with the Zika virus, which, like dengue fever and Chikungunya, is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Endemic to Africa, Zika appeared in the Americas last year and is now present in more than a score of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.