12 people, including 5 pregnant women, test positive for Zika virus in Norway

April 14, 2016 3:22 am 

OSLO, April 13 — The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) on Wednesday said 12 people, including five pregnant women, have tested positive for Zika virus in Norway since screening began in February, local media reported.

A total of 222 people, including 142 women and 80 men, were tested in the NIPH from February 25 to April 11 this year, Norwegian newspaper VG said.

Two of these individuals had results suggesting an acute Zika virus infection. They had symptoms of mild illness and were diagnosed with the virus in their blood.

Ten others, five of them pregnant women, were found to have Zika antibodies in their blood, according to the NIPH.

The NIPH advised the pregnant women against traveling to areas affected by the virus and recommended that pregnant women who have stayed in affected areas have follow up check-ups at the regional fetal medicine centers after their return to Norway regardless of having symptoms or not, the institute said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency in early February amid a Zika outbreak in Central and South America.

Symptoms of Zika include fever, joint pain, rashes, conjunctivitis, headache and muscle pain. The virus is suspected to cause microcephaly in new-born babies. (PNA/Xinhua)

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