1 in 8 Zika cases from Caribbean travel in UK originated from St. Lucia

By Horace Cunningham, SNO Staff Writer
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, a health workers stands in the Sambadrome spraying insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Sambadrome will be used for the Archery competition during the 2016 summer games. With the opening ceremony less than three months away, a Canadian professor has called for the Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak, warning the influx of visitors to Brazil will result in the avoidable birth of malformed babies. The IOC and World Health Organization disagree, saying Zika will not derail the games.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, a health workers stands in the Sambadrome spraying insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Sambadrome will be used for the Archery competition during the 2016 summer games. With the opening ceremony less than three months away, a Canadian professor has called for the Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak, warning the influx of visitors to Brazil will result in the avoidable birth of malformed babies. The IOC and World Health Organization disagree, saying Zika will not derail the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

A study conducted by Public Health England has revealed that 1 in 7 cases of Zika detected from travel to the Caribbean and Latin America region originated in St. Lucia.

The study, conducted on October 12, ranked St. Lucia 3rd at 20 cases, behind Jamaica ranked first at 34 cases and Barbados ranked second with 32 cases.

Travel to South America and Central America accounted for 33 and 30 cases respectively.

Beginning in Brazil in 2015, the current epidemic was deemed a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO) earlier this year.

St. Lucia recorded its first case in April of this year.

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7 comments

  1. i will keep saying it aint mosquito ... i dont care if it is a so called mosquito that was created in a lab... or a mosquito bred naturally.. stop blaming all virus that come on the mosquito and stop keeping the people ignorant on the subject....smh... same mosquito--- dengue, chikungunya, zika, watever else, what's next??? if an infected mosquito can cause all that damage why that mosquito when it bites someone with AIDS that the AIDS aint spread to someone else.??? ( just saying) ..... they saying mosquito then they saying the virus can be spread via bodily fluids...huh!!??? something aint matching up here .. .. idk but .. i'm not accepting that mr and mrs mosquito can do sooooo much damage....baby with small heads- "mosquito" all other dengue and flu like symptoms "mosquito'.....ahhhhh this ' mosquito thing ...

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  3. Or perhaps we all had it at some point and didn't know.

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  5. Not good news as this is the type of story which could frighten tourists from visiting Saint Lucia.

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  7. Limeys are just going to have to get used to babies with small heads.

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  9. 20 cases? that is not really significant. chikungunya was much more prevalent and the symptoms were worse except for the pregnant women. zika was blown out of context by the us media

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    • That is 20 REPORTED cases! There is a h--l of a lot that was & is not reported!

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    • You are absolutely correct. An example was the hype about getting infected in Brazil during the Olympic game there, at a time when temperatures there were averaging around sixty degrees which do not support the breeding and or survival of mosquitoes.

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