The National IHR Focal Point of the Dominican Republic has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 10 confirmed cases of the Zika virus.
Eight cases -- ages 15 to 57 -- are from local patients, while two of the cases -- under five years old -- come from El Salvador. The cases come from Santo Domingo Norte, Santa Cruz-Barahona, Jimani-Independencia and Distrito Nacional.
Cases of the infection have been spreading across Latin America, with a recent case reported in Minnesota. The U.S. is expecting more cases in the coming months.
The CDC and officials in the Dominican Republic are taking steps to stop the spread of the illness. They have increased surveillance and are working to educate the public about the threats of the disease, as well as how to prevent and care for mosquito bites.
The WHO recommends preventing mosquitoes by reducing breeding sites, which will help reduce the contact between mosquitoes and humans. Mosquitos breed near water habitats, both natural and man-made. It’s important to reduce the larvae, which will help reduce the adult mosquito population. Insecticides sprayed during outbreaks can also help reduce the population of adult mosquitos.