Muscat – The Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced that no cases of Zika virus have been reported in the sultanate.
A statement issued by MoH said, ‘Referring to what has been circulated on some social media platforms about registration of cases of Zika in the sultanate, the ministry confirms that no such cases have been reported in Oman.’
MoH called on all citizens and residents to obtain correct information from official sources only.
Meanwhile, a spraying programme has been undertaken by MoH to eradicate Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes and larvae. This species of mosquito has been known to carry the Zika virus.
The ministry also stated that there is no specific treatment for dengue fever spread by Aedes Aegypti. It is treated with painkillers, good rest and plenty of fluids.
MoH urged citizens and residents to visit the nearest health facility if symptoms worsened.
A statement issued by the Department of Blood Bank Services said, ‘People with dengue fever are not allowed to donate blood for a period of six months.
‘As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infection, residents of areas where cases of dengue have been registered will not be allowed to donate blood for a period of 28 days.’