Zika virus found in Sydney

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/zika-virus-mosquitoes-found-in-sydney-airport-increases-insecticide-spraying-of-incoming-passengers/news-story/997365490643371ee6cea1578e0522d5

TWO cases of Zika virus infection have reportedly been detected in two NSW residents.

The residents had recently travelled in the Caribbean before heading back to Sydney, Fairfax Media reports.

“It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here – although they are found in some parts of north Queensland,” NSW Health’s director of communicable diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said.

Meanwhile mosquitoes capable of spreading the deadly zika virus have been detected at Sydney’s international airport, prompting increased insecticide spraying of passengers arriving from infected regions.

Heightened surveillance of the airport in the wake of the global disease threat detected the aedes aegypti mosquito, which originated in Africa but is now found throughout the world’s tropics.

A federal Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the mosquitoes had only been found within the confines of the airport and that the risk of a transmitted virus was ­“extremely low”.

 

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