A case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in southern Nassau, the Bahamas Ministry of Health has confirmed.

A Bahamian man in the Pinewood Gardens area is said to have contracted the virus during a recent visit abroad, with health officials stressing that no locally transmitted cases have been confirmed.

Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez said the man had tested positive for Zika on August 9 and he was being treated for associated symptoms.

Deputy Director General in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Ellison Thompson said: “We are working with local health officials and our industry partners to ensure that every effort is made to monitor the virus and to mitigate the possibility of further cases.”

Among those initiatives is the Tourism and Health Safety Program, which was recently launched in hotels in The Bahamas.

The program aims to monitor guests and provide information to those who feel they may have symptoms of any illness.