Three New Cases of Zika Infection Registered in Northeast Italy

© REUTERS / Alvin BaezNancy Trinidad, who is 32 weeks pregnant, listens to the explanation of a doctor about how to prevent Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses at a public hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 3, 2016
Nancy Trinidad, who is 32 weeks pregnant, listens to the explanation of a doctor about how to prevent Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses at a public hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Three new cases of the Zika virus disease have been registered this year in the northeastern Italian region of Veneto, a local health official said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A total of seven cases of the mosquito-borne illness, linked to brain damage in newborns, have been confirmed in Italy since 2015. All of the patients have since recovered.

"Since the start of this year, a total of three cases of Zika virus have been found in Veneto – in Treviso, Padova and Vicenza," Veneto Healthcare Department’s Luca Coletto said on Facebook.

Coletto said the three patients had been to Zika-affected countries in South America and the Caribbean. There is no reason for concern, he added, because the regional health authority has been monitoring Zika alongside other mosquito-transmitted diseases since 2010.

The current Zika outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015. It has since spread across Latin America, with cases having been reported in several European countries and the United States.

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