The Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole has advised Nigerian health workers and Nigerians who recently returned from Latin American countries to be on the lookout for any signs of Zika virus infection and report such. He also advised the immigration officials to thoroughly interview inbound passengers to confirm if they travelled to any of the affected countries recently.
The symptoms of Zika virus infection include fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and redness of the eyes but in most cases there is no symptom. However, in pregnant women, the infection is associated with congenital malformation; babies so affected have small heads and brains.
The disease symptoms manifest about 3-12 days after a bite by the Aedes Egypti mosquito which has the virus.