Zika virus has caused a self- limiting pyrexial illness across
Africa and South East Asia for decades. Recently there has
been a rapid spread of the Zika virus in South America.
However, to date, the zika virus has not been found further
south than Uganda in Africa.1 The vector species, Aedes
aegypti, is common in South Africa especially in the eastern
coastal plains but it may also be found inland. In urban
areas, the mosquito breeds in small collections of water
such as discarded tyres and buckets or the leaf axils of
Strelitzia nicolae (banana tress). Aedes argypti is made up
of 2 subspecies. The African subspecies tends not to bite
humans and is probably less susceptible to Zika virus when
compared to the American ones.