Zika virus in Honduras
Honduras is a republic in Central America.
Honduras has more than 11,400 cases of Zika virus, of which 18 are pregnant women. The spike in Zika cases is alarming. As of February 1, 2016 Honduras has recorded 3,649 suspected cases of Zika virus infections in less than three months. On 12 February, the first case of microcephaly as a complication of Zika virus was confirmed.
Thirty-five people infected with Zika virus have Guillain–Barré syndrome.
Government Efforts to tackle Zika virus
On February 1, 2016, Honduras Health minister Yolani Batres urged Hondurans to clean up their homes and communities and remove outdoor water containers that serve as breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can transmit Zika. The government has reactivated the National Risk Management System to coordinate preventive measures against Zika. Thousands of teachers, students, parents and public officials have begun eradicating breeding sites around schools in the Central American country.
On 12 February, the first reported case of microcephaly due to Zika virus was confirmed in Honduras. Director of the Gabriela Alvarado Hospital in the eastern city of Danli said that a baby was born with a congenital anomaly was born. The 23-year-old mother of the baby caught Zika virus during her first three months of pregnancy.