First confirmed cases of Zika virus in Ireland as two test positive
Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30
Health authorities are on alert after the first cases of the dreaded Zika virus were detected in a man and woman in Ireland.
The HSE stressed last night that both people have fully recovered - however, they remain under medical supervision.
Both had travelled to a Zika-affected country.
The explosive spread of the virus, which is linked to birth defects and is now at the centre of a public health crisis in South and Central America, has led the World Health Organisation to declare an international emergency.
The first confirmed Irish cases of the virus were identified when the two people went to their doctors after feeling unwell with possible symptoms of the infection, which is mostly caught from mosquitoes.
The woman is said not to be pregnant and is in an older age group. The Zika virus cannot be passed on from person to person, although there is one recorded case of sexual transmission of the virus.
The HSE said last night the finding of Zika cases in Ireland was "not unexpected".