CDC issues travel notice for St. Lucia as local Zika transmission confirmed

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CDC issues travel notice for St. Lucia as local Zika transmission confirmed

aedes-255x300OUTBREAK NEWS TODAY – One week after local health authorities confirmed its first autochthonous Zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice today for the island of St. Lucia.

Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people.

There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Saint Lucia protect themselves from mosquito bites which includes:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE, also called para-menthane-diol [PMD]), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
  •  Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.

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  1. Right....
    so we have had two cases.
    1. When did the signs and symptoms begin and did the victims say when and where they were bitten?
    2. How much time has elapse from the bite- to the hospital -to the test being sent- to receiving the results?
    3. Are these victims from the same areas since they have not traveled recently?
    4. Has anyone in their family travelled?
    5. Anyone in the vicinity travelled?

    i'm not trying to be difficult but with one mosquito, and given a week or two, we could have a whole village already infested, unless this mosquito was miraculously killed just after biting the victims.

    These are the serious questions that need to be asked and answered to get a hold on this quickly.

    just as the politicians are going door to door canvassing for the next elections, perhaps the ministry can provide them(all sides) with a proforma to obtain that information and submit it back to the ministry if they are short of resources.

    Now...if my neighbour has ZIKA(confirmed) the government has a duty to inform me. Patient and doctor privileges are less significant when there is a potential epidemic. The ministry can say that someone in the vicinity has contracted ZIKKA. or the area of (x) has confirmed Zikka. failing that i will be seeking legal action against the government for putting my human rights are risk.

    i bet you the government ministers and their families and the senior medical officials and their families are aware of the areas and are avoiding them.

    where are these people now?

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