The Ministry of Health (MoH) said Monday no cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which spreaded in Latin American countries, was registered in Kuwait and the ministry was capable of detecting related infections.
The MoH has been carrying nationwide surviellance of insects and there was no evidence that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus, exists in Kuwait, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Dr. Majda Al-Qattan said in a statement to KUNA.
She said the MoH was in contact with the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) to know the latest developments about the virus and how to dealt with it.
Al-Qattan said the MoH instructed all hospitals and clinics to immediately contact preventative health department and laboratories to adopt necessary preventive measures in case they discovered signs of Zika virus on any traveler.
She said the virus would not transmit among humans but through the mosquito, which could only happen if a person travels to countries with the insects.
Al-Qattan said symptoms of Zika virus would be fever, skin rash and eye inflammation, which might extend from 2-7 days. She said the WHO did not yet issue any travel warning to infected countries, however the MoH was advising against traveling to Zika-hit nations unless necessary.
The WHO said earlier today that a rise in birth defects in Latin America was strongly suspected of being caused by Zika virus.