Zim steps up efforts to guard against Zika

HARARE - Zimbabwe has stepped up efforts to guard against the vicious Zika virus, a mosquito transmitted disease which can result in birth defects, through fumigation programmes across the country.

Although the mosquito that transmits the virus is not found in Zimbabwe, Health minister David Parirenyatwa said the possibility of the mosquito coming to the country could not be ruled out, as it was found on the country’s borders with Mozambique.

As it is, three out of the country’s 10 provinces have been sprayed to eradicate mosquitoes.

The Zika virus has become a global health threat, as experts fear its spread.

Experts have warned that the threat of Zika, that is concentrated in Brazil, could be more than previously estimated.

The United States of America recently recorded three birth defects, characterised by abnormally smaller heads, linked to the virus.

“What is important to note is that the Zika virus comes in through the mosquito, and fortunately the mosquito that is here, does not transmit the Zika virus. But we cannot rule it out because along our borders with Mozambique that species are there. The idea is always to spray indoors,” Parirenyatwa said last week.

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