(Prensa Latina) Since the zika virus appeared in November 2015, the public health authorities confirmed a total of 461 cases in Panama, of which 422 correspond to the present year.
Among the most affected regions, there are the capital (174 cases) and the region of Guna Yala (136).
The Panamanian Public Health Ministry (MINSA) reported that up to Thursday, the doctors examined 103 pregnant women under suspicion to be infected with the virus, most of them in the last quarter of their pregnancy. Only 27, were tested positive, one of them from abroad.
The public health authorities said that up to the month of October, four neurological complications were registered as linked with the zika virus, three of them with the Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
At the start of February this year, the government of Panama destined a fund of 10 million dollars to fight zika, because of the increase of cases in the entire country.
The zika is a disease that still has no vaccine to be cured. There are no medications to treat the disease, or prevent its proliferation.
Studies made by experts said four out of each five people infected, may not to present any symptom, and that is why the struggle against this disease, is not so simple.
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