From our colleagues at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM):

"In what is now an international effort to quell the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus disease, the stakes are all too high. Since the virus was first isolated in 1952 within the Zika forest near Entebbe, Uganda, confirmed cases of the disease have been rare. However, in 2007 a major epidemic occurred across Southeast Asia, and now leading Ministry of Health authorities in Africa are increasingly concerned about the risk of an outbreak on the continent. In the current Zika outbreak, infections have been reported in over 30 countries globally since 2015 - including more than 7,000 suspected cases in Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa."

You can read the whole story on the ASLM website.

 

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