The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust had confirmed that three patients out of the 53 confirmed Zika-infected individuals in the United Kingdom came from abroad. The condition of the patients is unknown and is believed to be experiencing mild symptoms.
However, the symptoms of Zika include not knowing that they have it. They also said the individuals would need hospital treatment.
An infection control report submitted to the Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals’ trust board on Thursday said: “Three patients have tested positive for Zika virus following return from foreign travel.”
Dr Gavin Boyd, infection control lead at the trust, said: “There is no specific treatment for Zika and it usually wears off naturally after two to seven days.
“There is extremely low risk of contracting Zika virus in the UK as the mosquito that transmits the infection is not present in the UK, however it can be spread by sexual transmission.”
The virus has caused Guillain-Barre syndrome in a small number of people in Latin America. The syndrome can be triggered by viral attacks on the immune system and results in muscle weakness and sometimes patients are unable to stand without support. Most get better over time, however.
Zika virus is predominantly transmitted by the Aedes Egypti mosquito which cannot live in the cooler climate of the UK. There is a very small risk, however, of sexual infection.