Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia slowly declining

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control's Communicable Disease Threats Reports recently announced that the Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia is declining on most affected islands, but still ongoing.

The weekly report revealed 62 new cases of Zika virus infections in French Polynesia. The report also noted several new cases of Guillain- Barré syndrome, meningo-encephalitis and one new report of a person suffering neurological complications related to Zika virus infections.

The report said most of the islands in French Polynesia that were heavily affected when the Zika virus outbreak first began in the Fall have seen a slowing of the outbreak, while other islands, including New Caledonia and one in the French Overseas territory, recently reported their first autochthonous Zika virus infection on January 21. Authorities will continue to monitor the progression of the disease.

The onset of the outbreak began in October, 2013. Roughly 26,000 French Polynesians sought medical attention for symptoms congruent with Zika virus infections. There have been no deaths or hospitalizations for severe infection yet reported.

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report is a weekly report created for health care authorities and epidemiologists to follow the progression of various communicable diseases and prevention and control methods.