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The first recorded case of the Zika virus for 2016 has been diagnosed in Queensland as the growing outbreak of the virus sweeps the globe.

According to The Courier-Mail, a woman returned from El Salvador in December to Queensland while carrying the infection.  It is believed she fell ill soon after arriving home, sought medical attention, and tested positive early this year for the virus in blood tests.

The unidentified woman has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home on the Gold Coast.  There is no treatment for the virus and health authorities have stated that there is no risk of the virus spreading to her family or others in the community.  Health authorities have reportedly tracked the woman’s movement through the Queensland community while infectious.

The breed of mosquito that can harbour Zika is not endemic in the southeast corner of the state but does exist in northern Queensland.  Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced a number of measures in response to the Zika virus threat, which has been linked to brain damage in babies.

Resources to test for the virus has been given to Pathologists in Townsville, Cairns and tropical north Queensland, with results also being made available in a shorter time frame.

A public health campaign will also be launched surrounding the virus, with health warnings for travel to Asia and South America to be implemented.

The World Health Organisation has recently declared the Zika virus a global health emergency.

  • Thats very scary. My thoughts are with her hoping for a speedy recovery and praying for a healthy baby. She must be very concerned

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  • I really hope she is the only case we get in Australia. I hope she also makes a speedy recovery.

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  • This is so very scary and such a concern for pregnant woman.
    They were saying on tv tonight that they are suggesting that pregnant woman make sure their partners are wearing a condom if they go to have sex unless they (the partner) has been tested to show that they are clear of the virus.
    My question is though…would it still not be a risk?…what if a week after testing they were bitten and infected? How do you know that for the full 9mths your partner wont be infected?

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  • A very scary situation.

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  • I thought both people had recently returned from overseas.
    It looks as though the bite could do similar damage to the white back spider as the skin appears to peel at least one layer.

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  • This is a scary situation.

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  • Scary indeed – a public health campaign is very much needed for all communities.

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  • Yes, and one in WA too. Lets hope it doesn’t spread within tropical regions on Australia where the mosquitos that the carry the virus may live.

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  • This virus looks so terrible! If the only way to transmit it is through that mosquito that just exists in one part of Queensland, it shouldn’t spread much in Australia. But the story could be completely different if it can be transmitted sexually.
    I can’t imagine how worried all pregnant women living in the affected areas are! :-(


    • yeah it sure is a scary thought. hopefully this doesn’t eventuate into a big problem here

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  • Very scarey stuff. I hope this remains and isolated case

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  • This is such a scary disease. I hope there is control on it soon.

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  • Lke hd

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  • I read in a other article that the virus can be transferred sexually.

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