Press conference on ZIKA

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Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Place: SENACYT Innovation Hall, Bldg. 205, City of Knowledge

Free event, open to the public

The National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT), the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (GMI), and the Ministry of Health, invite you to the press conference on ZIKA that will take place on Tuesday, March 22, at the Innovation Hall of SENACYT inside the City of Knowledge.

Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Panama is one of the countries that has been affected by the virus.

Key facts

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.