Zika virus: News and updates
Please note: The below dates are listed in reverse chronological order starting 5 January 2016.
- View historical timeline: "Zika: the origin and spread of a mosquito-borne virus"
- Zika digital timeline
17 April 2016
Peru reports its first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus. The case’s partner had recently returned from Venezuela.
13 April 2016
A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that there is now sufficient evidence to confirm that a causal relationship exists between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities.
8 April 2016
Ecuador notifies WHO of a large die-off of howler monkeys in Pacoche Forest Reserve, Montecristi Canton, Manabi Province, which is close to the Solita community, where about 40 families live. Of 39 monkeys who were found dead 1-10 February 2016, two samples tested positive by RT-PCR for Zika virus.
7 April 2016
Saint Lucia notifies WHO of two laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection, one in a pregnant woman. These are the first locally acquired cases of Zika in that country.
7 April 2016
Panama confirms to WHO the birth of two newborns with congenital syndrome who tested positive for Zika virus. One was born prematurely and had microcephaly, an enlarged tongue, and a short neck; testing of the mother for Zika virus is pending. The second was born at term and had microcephaly; the mother tested positive by PCR for Zika virus.
5 April 2016
Viet Nam notifies WHO of two laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection. These are the first locally acquired cases of Zika in that country.