The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), says it is working with Caribbean governments “to prevent, detect and respond” to the Zika virus.

On Friday, PAHO said starting in March 2014 and through the first week of 2016, 14 countries and territories of the Americas, including the Caribbean, have reported cases of Zika infection.

The virus, which is transmitted to humans by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, causes symptoms including light fever, rash, conjunctivitis and muscle pain.

The health organization says a current concern is the effect of Zika virus on pregnant women and new-born babies.

According to PAHO, since the Aedes mosquito is found throughout the region, except in continental Chile and Canada, it is likely that outbreaks will occur in other countries that have not yet reported any cases.



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