“We expect a similar trend in Chikungunya virus last year, with 600,000 to 700,000 cases a year,” said M . Gaviria in Bogota, stressing that Colombia is the second country most affected by the disease in Latin America, after Brazil.

Health authorities have to date placed under medical supervision 560 pregnant women, are most vulnerable to this virus spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus and can cause severe malformations, including microcephaly, or death of the fetus.

To date, 106 children were born in Colombia infected mothers including 30 suffering from neurological damage.

“We could expect from 450-600 cases of microcephaly in children in Colombia if the situation evolves as in Brazil,” said for his part the Deputy Minister Health, Fernando Ruiz.

According to latest statistics from the National Institute of Health published January 15, Colombia has identified 10,837 confirmed cases of the virus zika and 1918 suspected cases.

The United States, which announced Wednesday it had registered three cases in Florida in people who recently traveled to Latin America, had called last week pregnant women to avoid traveling to affected countries, particularly in South America and the Caribbean.

In a press release dated January 7, the Colombian government for its part recommended that couples resident in the country to avoid pregnancy in the coming months.

20 countries in the Americas registered indigenous cases of the virus, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).