Secretariat of Health Confirms Over 1,600 Cases of Zika Virus in Mexico
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August 26, 2016

As reported in March, summer heatwaves and rains could worsen Zika epidemic. (New China TV)

Mexico confirmed that 1,619 cases of Zika virus have been recorded in the country up to Wednesday, of which 88 percent are located in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Veracruz.

However, the Ministry of Health, based on the experience of other countries, predicted that with the arrival of the rainy season the disease could spread even more, because the Aedes aegypti mosquito can be found in most of the country.

The bite of this insect also transmits dengue and chikungunya, which have decreased 31.5 percent so far this year, compared to the same period of 2015, according to epidemiological reports released by the Ministry.

Regarding the Zika virus, most of the health care attention is destined to pregnant women, because of the risk of being infected with the virus and the possibility that their children are born with a neurological disorder, like microcephaly.

According to the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Pablo Kuri, 748 cases of Zika virus were registered in pregnant women and of the 81 women who have given birth, no complications as the mentioned above were recorded.

Pablo Kuri added that Mexico publicizes in many ways everything related to the Zika virus situation in the country, including the extensive publicity campaign conducted by the Secretariat of Health on preventive measures.

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Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Mexico protect themselves from mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) because of environmental conditions. The categories shown on the map below are intended as a general guideline and should not be considered to indicate absolute risk.



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