Guatemala Reports 105 Cases of Zika Virus Infection

© REUTERS / Jose CabezasNurses take care of Guillain-Barre syndrome patients in the neurology ward at the Rosales National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador
Nurses take care of Guillain-Barre syndrome patients in the neurology ward at the Rosales National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador - Sputnik International
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At least 105 cases of infection with the Zika virus have been confirmed in Guatemala amid an outbreak in both Americas, an official from the Health Ministry told local media Saturday.

Health Ministry employee fumigates a home against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Soyapango, six km east of San Salvador, on January 21, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A total of 200 suspected cases of Zika were registered in this Central American country, including over 60 cases in 2015, epidemiologist Judith Garcia told the national newspaper Prensa Libre.

The Zika outbreak started in Brazil in spring 2015. It has since spread across Latin America, causing several deaths, as well as brain damage in newborns, known as microcephaly.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the "explosive" spread of this mosquito-borne infection globally is a cause for concern. The first case of Zika virus crossing into Europe has recently been confirmed in Denmark, followed by Sweden and Germany.

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