Two women in Sámara confirmed as suffering from the zika virus

The health ministry is reporting two home-grown cases of zika infection. One is a pregnant Sámara residents, and the second, is her neighbor.

Zika has been confirmed in the pregnant 24 year old, said the Ministerio de Salud. Confirmation for the neighbor, a 32-year-old women, came Monday via lab tests, and officials said that she displays zika symptoms.

The ministry declared health emergency for the entire canton of Nicoya and began extensive spraying.

A U.S. tourist who was diagnosed with the disease when he returned to the States is believed to have contracted zika in December in Nosara. Both Sámara and Nosara are on the far

Pacific coast in the canton of Nicoya.

Health officials already heavily sprayed Nosara, one of the country’s premier tourism locations. They also took steps to eliminate mosquito breeding locations there.

Health officials made the announcement Monday and said that  lab tests confirmed that the 24 year old had contracted the virus. Officials said that an ultrasound showed normal development of the baby.

The ministry said that 3,000 homes in the Sámara area had been fumigated to kill mosquitoes and that residents in 913 homes had been visited and provided educational information.

During one of these home visits, the ministry said that health workers identified the second women.

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