“General Directorate of Public Health found out as a result of the studies conducted on zika virus: there is no Zika virus in Turkey, only the types of mosquitos that could carry the virus were detected in limited regions”.
Russia State News Agency Rossiya Segodnya posed questions about the news on zika virus in Turkey. General Directorate of Public Health under the Ministry of Health carried out the necessary studies and found out this fact:
Zika virus disease (ZVD) is spread to humans mostly by the bite of an infected type of mosquito namely Aedesaegypti and Aedesalbopictus. It was first detected in rhesus monkeys in Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 and in 1948 it was isolated from mosquitos in the same forest and in 1952 it was isolated from humans in Uganda and Tanzania. For now the disease is seen in Tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America. 4 cases identified in our country in 2017 contracted the virus during a visit to Cuba, which means those are not local cases but imported ones.
There is no Zika virus in Turkey, only the types of mosquitos that could carry the virus were detected in limited regions. Zika virus study was conducted on mosquito samples collected from these regions and no virus could be discovered.
According to Zika virus classification of countries published jointly by WHO, CDC and ECDC, our country is in category 4, which means it is an area with established vector but no documented past or current transmission. Similarly in the same report Russia is also in category 4.
There is no Zika virus case caused by a local infection. Our Ministry takes all kinds of precautions in order for this disease not to cause a local infection. As is shown by scientific studies carried out by General Directorate of Public Health, there is no adverse situation impacting on human health negatively. Therefore it is not thought that this situation could adversely affect tourism.