By anguillian November 21, 2016 12:24




The Ministry of Health, through the Caribbean Public Health Agency, has just received confirmation of an additional two (2) cases of locally-acquired Zika infection, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to seven (7). The new cases were from samples sent in October. As part of the on-going surveillance, samples continue to be sent for testing for individuals with symptoms compatible with Zika infection. These symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain and headache.
The Ministry of Health needs the cooperation of members of the general public to reduce further transmission of Zika and prevent a large scale outbreak. Be reminded that the main mode of transmission of the Zika virus is by the same Aedes mosquito that spreads Dengue and Chik-V. Reducing the risk of further transmission of Zika and these other mosquito-borne infections relies mainly on eliminating the mosquito breeding sites and reducing contact between mosquitoes and people.
Remove stagnant water from your premises; cover water storage containers; ensure cisterns are screened or covered; avoid accumulating solid and bulky waste. Use insect repellent and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Stay in areas with screens. Since the Aedes mosquitoes are day-biting mosquitoes, it is recommended that those who sleep during the daytime, particularly young children, the sick or elderly, use mosquito nets to provide protection. If you are a pregnant women contact your care provider for a bed net. Mosquito coils or other insecticide vaporizers may also be considered.
Members of the public are once again urged to utilize the free bulky waste removal service offered by the Environmental Health Unit of the Department of Health Protection. This includes removal of derelict vehicles. For assistance accessing this service please call the Environmental Health Unit at 497 2631 or 497 5485.
Every individual must do his/her part for it is only through the collective action that we will be able to prevent the spread of Zika and the other mosquito-borne diseases.

– Press Release
(Published without editing by The Anguillian newspaper.)

By anguillian November 21, 2016 12:24


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