Zika virus in Cape Verde

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Cape Verde
Cape Verde

Cape Verde is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. It is located off the coast of Senegal. It is the homeland of Brockton's largest immigrant group.

As on 12 February 2016, over 7,000 cases of Zika virus were reported in Cape Verde.

The outbreak of Zika virus in Cape Verde was first detected in 2015. The government officials of Cape Verde said that the Zika virus was brought in to the country from Brazil. The first Zika virus case in Cape Verde was reported in October 2015. 30 cases involving pregnant women are reported.

A large majority of Zika virus cases in Cape Verde were reported in the capital city of Praia. It is followed by Fogo Island.


After a U.S. travel alert to Cape Verde over Zika virus, Cape Verde has refuted the alert and said it was overblown as the number of cases of Zika virus has been declining. In January 2016, representatives of Cape Verde said the US warning did not constitute a travel ban but only warned women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant to take precautions. In the weeks prior to the alert, Cape Verde saw Zika cases of 212 in one week and 126 in the next. As of February, there are no suspected cases of microcephaly.