MANAGUA Nicaragua said on Thursday it has confirmed its first three cases of Zika in pregnant women in different parts of the country, taking the total number of cases in the Central American country to 29.
Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo, who is also Nicaragua's first lady, said the women were each three to four months pregnant, and that the country was forging ahead with a fumigation programme.
The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, citing a "strongly suspected" causal relationship between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly, a condition marked by abnormally small head size that can cause permanent brain damage in newborns.
El Salvador is grappling with thousands of cases, and last month urged women to avoid getting pregnant until 2018 to avoid their children developing birth defects from the mosquito-borne Zika virus rampaging through the Americas.
(Reporting by Ivan Castro)
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First Published On : Feb 5, 2016 02:31 IST