Zika virus in Republic of Ireland - recovered man and woman remain under supervision
Health officials are on alert after the first cases of the dreaded Zika virus were detected in a man and woman in the Republic of Ireland
The Republic’s Health Service Executive (HSE) stressed last night that both people have fully recovered, although 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, has led the World Health Organisation to declare an international emergency.
The first confirmed Irish cases of the virus were made after the two people went to their doctors after feeling unwell with possible symptoms. The woman was not pregnant.
Meanwhile, a pregnant woman from Co Armagh who spent thousands of pounds on a dream holiday has revealed how fear of Zika led her to pull out of the trip.
A few weeks ago, Hannah Sewell (29) booked and paid £3,800 for the holiday of a lifetime to Las Vegas and Cancun, Mexico in March — but never expected she would be pregnant or that there would a terrifying virus in the Americas.
There is no treatment or vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus, linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains in Brazil.
“There is no way I was going to go over there and put my baby in any danger,” she told the Lurgan Mail.
“The holiday was booked long before I discovered I was pregnant, but now as an expectant mother this is money my partner and I can’t afford to lose.”
The Craigavon mum-to-be struggled at first with her holiday firm to get a refund on her 10-day trip — but was eventually told her money will be refunded in full.
The news comes as the first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted in the United States has been reported.
A patient in Texas was infected after having sexual contact with an ill person who returned from a Zika-affected country.