Federal government has called on pregnant women to restrict travelling to Latin American countries, where the Zika Virus is currently ravaging 20 countries in that part of the world, until it subsides.
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, also has allayed fears of a possible Zika Virus in the country, declaring that there was no case of Zika virus yet in Nigeria.
Also, the minister said the federal government would include the diagnosis of Zika virus with Lassa fever in the on-going effort to manage the virus in the country.
The release stated that the Minister has directed Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to include Zika virus diagnosis as part of ongoing effort to manage Lassa fever outbreak in the country.
Further, the minister urged Nigerians to be vigilant and to promptly report any case of unexplained fever that is more than 48 hours, especially in those with recent travels to Latin America, to health care professionals.
He also enjoined those working at various ports of entry into the country to examine anyone coming from any of the Latin American countries for evidence Zika virus symptoms.
Adewole assured Nigerians that there was no single case of Zika virus infection in the country and so there was no need to panic, adding that the Federal Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation and update Nigerians of any other developments.
The World Health Organisation has raised a global alert because the disease has affected about 23 countries in America, especially in Latin America. At the moment, there is no cure or vaccine for Zika virus infection.
Intimating Nigerians on the recent outbreak of Zika virus infection, the minister disclosed that the virus, which is transmitted by a bite of mosquito vector, was first discovered in Brazil in 2014.
The manifestation of Zika virus infection include: mild fever, rash (mostly maculo-papular), headaches, joint pain (arthralgia), muscle pain (myalgia), loss of weight (asthenia), and non-purulent conjunctivitis. The virus is also associated with higher risk of congenital malformations in newborn when pregnant women are affected.
The disease usually occurs between three to 12 days after the mosquito vector bite.

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