Zika virus in South Africa

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South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation.

On 19 February 2016, South Africa announced its first confirmed Zika virus case. The patient is a Colombian businessman who visited the country and was diagnosed at a private Johannesburg pathology laboratory. Ministry of Health said that the case is not locally acquired in South Africa, but the businessman got it at Colombia.