The Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume Friday confirmed the presence in Haiti of zika virus, carried by mosquitoes, after weeks of suspicion given the increasing numbers of patients.

"Even if I was personally sick, until I had evidence that the virus zika was in my blood, I would not have been able to speak as Minister of Public Health," said Florence Duperval Guillaume at a press conference in Port-au-Prince, responding to critics accusing the authorities of laxity.

Thursday, regional reference laboratory, located in Trinidad and Tobago, confirmed that of the 11 blood samples taken from patients in Haiti, five were positive.

Zika The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes daytime. Symptoms of the disease are similar to those of Dengue and Chikungunya.

The Haitian Ministry of Health and Population said in a press release that the disease can be asymptomatic or "characterized by a mild fever, headaches, conjunctivitis, rash with itching, pain in joints and muscles , swelling of the feet and hands. "

Minister calls the general population to protect themselves, but above all insisted that pregnant women take all feasible precautions, the zika "can result in the loss of the fetus or type microcéphalée deformations of the child" she explains.

Advocating "science with consciousness," Florence Duperval Guillaume wished to clarify that no fatal case of zika had been recorded worldwide.

The authorities announced that, as during the chikungunya epidemic in Haiti in 2014, fumigation operations will begin in the metropolitan area, where the first cases of zika were identified.

The people are also called to clean up around their homes to cover the containers used for the storage of water and apply mosquito lotions.

Weak institutions in the poorest country in the Americas enhances the proliferation of mosquito-borne epidemics. No generalized systems of garbage collection and disposal of rainwater, the Haitian urban environment, very dense, is conducive to the proliferation of pests.