Over 400 Suspected Zika Cases in US Samoa

Over 400 Suspected Zika Cases in US Samoa © Flickr/ Katja Schulz

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A total of 403 suspected cases of Zika virus have been identified on US Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, media reported, citing the territory’s Department of Health’s latest data.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Since the outbreak first started in late 2015, some 91 blood samples have been sent off island to reveal the exact type of the mosquito-borne virus, the Radio New Zealand cited the health officials.

The blood analysis confirmed 14 cases of Zika, including in six pregnant women.

Zika is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which is common in tropical areas of the Americas. There are no Zika vaccines, but about 15 companies are said to be working on them, according to the World Health Organization.

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