Zika virus in Indonesia

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Indonesia is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is the largest island country in the world by the number of islands, with more than fourteen thousand islands. Indonesia has an estimated population of over 255 million people and is the world's fourth most populous country.

According to the Indonesian government, there have been no cases of Zika virus in 2016.

However, the Indonesian media reported that the first case of Zika virus in Indonesia was confirmed on February 1, 2016. According to the media reports, the virus was first detected in a young man in Sumatra Island in Indonesia. A 27-year-old man was said to have been infected in 2015 The man has gone to a hospital after complaining of a number of ailments, including the sudden onset of a high fever, headache and malaise. He only showed mild symptoms and recovered within two days. However, this report was refuted by the Indonesian government.

On 15 February 2016, Indonesian Ambassador in South Korea John A. Prasetio said Indonesia is safe from Zika virus. The Ambassador said that based on the information received from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, there has been no case of Zika virus throughout this year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also excludes Indonesia from the list of countries where Zika is active. The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and the Research Center of the Indonesian Ministry of Health had reaffirmed the absence of cases involving the Zika virus in 2016.