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Published On: Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013

New Caledonia reports three imported cases of Zika fever

In a follow-up report to the Zika fever outbreak in French Polynesia, New Caledonia health officials are reporting three imported cases of the viral disease from French Polynesia.

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Dr. Sylvie Laumond with the New Caledonia Health and Social Affairs Department wrote to Pro Med Mail, “3 cases of Zika fever have been reported in New Caledonia. All cases were imported from French Polynesia.

“Travelers coming from French Polynesia when arriving in New Caledonia are being advised to use insect repellants, during 7 days after landing, and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and to consult a general practitioner if symptoms are occurring. Sleeping in screened rooms or under bed nets is recommended only for young children and sick people.

“If these individuals were viremic on arrival, there is a significant risk of ongoing transmission of Zika virus in New Caledonia.”

The total of three imported cases is up one from an Islands Business report last Thursday where they reported only two cases.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent Zika fever. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.

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