Local January 23, 2016 | 7:57 am

Dominican Republic has not yet reported any Zika case

Santo Domingo.- The Public Health Ministry reported Friday that the sample taken from a lady who resides in Villa Mella (in the outskirts of Santo Domingo) tested negative for the Zika virus after been analyzed in the United States.

In the meantime, health authorities are expecting the results of the sample corresponding to the 12-year-old grandson of the same woman.

Officials from the National Commission for the Control of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika revealed that all protocols were applied immediately after the young patient was identified at the Robert Read Cabral Hospital, where he was treated and discharged in good health.

According to press reports, the Health Ministry is awaiting the child sample along with other 27 samples that were taken randomly in several provinces, in order to detect the disease.

However, the Ministry has not confirmed the presence of the mosquito-borne disease in the Dominican Republic so far.

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