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First case of Zika virus in Romania

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Romania, Bucarest – A 27-year-old woman contracted the Zika virus after a trip to the French Caraibean island of Martinique, Romanian health authorities said on Tuesday.

“A 27-year-old Romanian woman tested positive for Zika. This is an isolated case … an import one. The woman, who spent … from late June until mid early July in Martinique, contracted the virus during her stay there,” said Laurentiu Colintineanu, spokesman for the health ministry. The woman spent two days in confinement in the area 3 of the hospital, and a process of decontamination will start in the areas 3 and 6 of the hospital.

The virus is linked to cases of microcephaly birth defect in countries such as Brazil. It is also similar to the dengue fever. No specific treatment exists yet, and last year the Zika virus epidemic reached pandemic levels. This virus is mainly transmitted by mosquitos or by sexual intercourse.