SAN JUAN – Dominica’s Health Ministry announced on Wednesday the first confirmed case of Zika on the island, while noting that blood samples from 12 other people tested negative for the virus.
“There is no need for alarm,” Health Minister Kenneth Darroux said in a statement.
As the patient has no history of recent travel outside of Dominica, the infection “constitutes a locally transmitted (autochthonous) case.”
The ministry pointed out that it has already implemented a National Zika Plan focused on prevention, public education and awareness.
Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue fever and Chikungunya.