Marshall Islands Declares State of Emergency Over Zika

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There has been one confirmed case of the zika virus in the Marshall Islands.

Republic of the Marshall Island – A state of emergency has been declared in the Marshall Islands over the zika virus.

 

Radio New Zealand reports that Republic of the Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine made the declaration last Wednesday in an effort to push the republic’s response to the virus.

Although only one case of the zika virus has been reported in the Marshall Islands, the president raised concerns that more and more cases are being reported in the region and this could affect the Marshall Island.

The proclamation of health emergency goes into effect for an initial 31 days.

Radio New Zealand reports that the one case of zika in the Marshall Islands is of a 25-year-old who’s in the early stages of pregnancy. The zika virus has been linked to a rise of birth defects in South America, particularly in Brazil.

The virus is transmitted through the aedes mosquito. Symptoms include, fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, among other symptoms.

However, reports indicate that most people infected with the zika virus may feel no symptoms at all.