(TODAY PANAMA) The number of cases of Zika virus confirmed in Panama had climbed to 73 by Saturday February 20, says Health Minister, Francisco Javier Terrientes.
Terrientes made the announcement during a tour of the village of Pacora, where spraying is underway in the area of Rio Chico, a place under investigation for the first case of Zika virus reported outside of Guna Yala. The patient comes from a farm located in Pacora, now under care in Tocumen.
According to the Ministry of Health, of the 73 cases, 71 are in Guna Yala, one in Tocumen, and one is a person returning from Venezuela.
On Tuesday February 16 the Government of Panama declared a countrywide health alert because of the Zika virus.
Health authorities are continuing with fumigation operations to attack the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits dengue, and chikungunya and zika