Dangerous Zika virus strain reaches Africa 'for first time'

May 20, 2016 at 2:47pm

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Zika forest in Uganda
The World Health Organization says that the Zika virus strain linked to neurological defects in new-born babies in South America has been detected in Africa for the first time.

It was found in a sample taken from Cape Verde.

The WHO has been tweeting:


The name of the virus in fact comes from a Ugandan forest where it was first identified.

But the strain prevalent in Africa caused flu-like symptoms without the other complications.


Source: OutsideGhana/BBC



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