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The Ministry of Health has confirmed reports that two persons have contracted the Zika virus in Saint Lucia, as reported by St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Wednesday evening.
Medical Officer of Health, Sharon Belmar-George, revealed that a twenty-five year-old male and a twenty-eight year old female have been infected with the mosquito-borne virus.
Belmar-George made this disclosure on Thursday during a press conference at the Ministry of Health.
She said now that the Zika virus is present on island, the Ministry will be stepping up its surveillance to ensure the timely diagnosis of cases and providing information on cases that are suspected.
Meanwhile, Surveillance Officer, Dr. Michelle Francois, said the surveillance system is monitoring the spread of the virus and working with our other departments, to contain the spread of the virus.
The Ministry said it has been prepared from day one since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern.
Fogging in high-risk communities will continue, while there will be a greater effort to step up the public awareness campaign to educate to citizenry on how to prevent the spread of Zika.
The officials said while the Ministry will do all it can to help provide a safe environment for all, members of the community have an important role to play in ensuring that they rid their homes of mosquitoes.