South Africa confirms first case of Zika Virus


South Africa has confirmed its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in a Columbian man, health authorities say.

The businessman was found to have the disease during a visit to Johannesburg, according to South Africa’s health minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

“The businessman presented with fever and a rash approximately four days after arrival in South Africa but is now fully recovered,” he said.

The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global public health emergency on February 1, noting its association with two neurological disorders – microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome that can cause paralysis.