Colombia has so far registered more than 37,000 cases of zika fever, more than 6,300 of them among pregnant women, the country’s health authorities reveal.
The scores are based on reports submitted until 13 February. Zika fever produces mild symptoms, but WHO fears that the virus may cause the severe fetal damage microcephaly and the nerve disease Gullain-Barre.
The increase from last week’s numbers are almost 5,500 cases.
Zikaviruset spread by a species of mosquito. A comprehensive infection outbreak was discovered in Brazil last year and so far is 1.5 million cases have been there. Health authorities estimate that the number of cases in Colombia will reach 600,000 during the year.
Will development similar to that observed in Brazil, the country may get 500 cases of microcephaly, a condition where the fetal skull is underdeveloped.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today