The Dominican Republic has recorded its first case of the Zika virus or Zik-V.

The Nuevo Diario news outlet says a 12-year-old girl from Puerto Plata contracted the virus and is currently hospitalized in a private clinic.

The Dominican Republic is the first Caribbean nation to confirm a case of Zik-V.

The virus first emerged in Brazil, with reports of several infections in Bahia state.

Zik-V is similar to dengue with symptoms including fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs.

Its transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The disease symptoms usually appear following an incubation period of three to twelve days.

Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson has indicated that the Government will shortly implement an integrated vector control programme to prevent Zik-V from reaching Jamaica.

Jamaicans are being urged to protect themselves, by destroying mosquito breeding sites in their homes.