A Colombian woman who lives in Buenos Aires is the first confirmed case of the Zika virus in Argentina. The woman had recently returned from a visit to her home country, where she is believed to have contracted the virus.
The World Health Organization says the mosquito-transmitted viral disease has spread quickly in recent weeks. Countries to the north of Argentina are on red alert, with more than 3,000 cases reported in Brazil.
In Argentina, the chief concern is the possibility of the virus spreading. Zika has been linked to brain damage in thousands of newborn babies in Brazil.
The same mosquito that carries Zika also carries dengue fever, and in the north of the Argentina, authorities are facing what the health minister has labeled “an epidemic.”
In the capital and across the country, authorities are fumigating to prevent the spread of dengue.
The first case of Zika in Argentina comes as the summer holidays are ending. An estimated 2 million Argentinians traveled to Brazil, and there are concerns more may catch the virus while abroad.