US to Send Experts to Colombia to Help Control Zika – Colombian President
US to Send Experts to Colombia to Help Control Zika – Colombian President © AP Photo/ Fernando Vergara
03:45 07.02.2016(updated 12:59 07.02.2016) Get short URL
A group of US experts will travel to Colombia next week to help the local health health authorities to control the Zika virus which has already affected over 25,000 people in the country, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — As many as 25,646 cases of the Zika virus have been registered in the country, with 3,177 pregnant women affected, Santos said Saturday.
“We asked [US] President [Barack] Obama and we had an immediate, very affirmative response,” Santos said, as quoted by El Colombiano daily.
“Obama said ‘we are ready,’” Santos added.
The Zika virus primarily affects monkeys and humans and is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes. A causal relationship between the Zika virus and neurological disorders including microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small heads, is strongly suspected, although not yet confirmed.
The Zika outbreak started in Brazil in spring 2015. It has since spread across Latin America, allegedly causing several deaths.
On Friday, the US Department of State announced the creation of a team and working group focused on developing a robust response to the Zika virus outbreak.