The health of the woman hospitalized with the Zika virus in Moscow has been improving, Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) head, Russian chief public health official Anna Popova told Interfax on Feb. 16, adding that new cases of the virus' importation were possible.
"She is all right. She is showing practically no clinical symptoms of the Zika virus at the moment," Popova said.
The virus was found in a woman who had arrived in Domodedovo airport from the Dominican Republic.
"Everything will depend on how long she will be producing a live virus," Popova said, answering the question how soon the woman might be discharged from hospital.
"She came to Russia when the disease was in the incubation period, without clinical symptoms. The disease was not severe," Popova said.
"New importation occurrences are possible," she said.
Popova told on Feb. 15 there were no conditions in Russia for the spread of the Zika virus.
"A custom-made Zika virus test system has been used in Russia for the first time. It has proven efficient for laboratory screening. The system of anti-epidemic measures organized and implemented in the country has worked. All risks of the infection spreading have been ruled out," Popova said in her comments on the first case of the Zika virus' importation.
"The infection carrier, a mosquito, which arrived onboard the airliner, will be unable to survive Russian winter. It is not possible for sites of this infection to appear on the territory of Russia. Yet we take this infection seriously and we are taking all necessary measures in order to protect Russians," Popova told Interfax earlier.
The first case of Zika virus importation has been registered in Russia
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