Saint Lucia records two additional cases of Zika disease

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Saint Lucia records two additional cases of Zika disease
This 2006 file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.<strong> (Photo: AP)
The Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito.

PRESS RELEASE – The Office of the Chief Medical Officer was informed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of the confirmation of two additional cases of Zika Virus Disease in Saint Lucia.

The patients are both female residing in separate locations within Saint Lucia. At the point of case confirmation, the two cases seem unrelated. There is no apparent clustering of cases as the confirmed cases to date are from separate communities within the island.

Officials of the Ministry of Health are currently undertaking a full epidemiological investigation.These two cases follow theisland’s confirmation of its first two of the Zika Virus Disease on Wednesday April 8, 2016.

In the interim, all persons islandwide are reminded to adopt and maintain measures to reduce exposure to this mosquito borne virus. This includes storing water in tightly sealed containers to avoid the breeding of mosquitos, using insect repellants and long sleeved shirts and long pants clothing to protect exposed skin from mosquito bites.

Also, households should conduct routine checks inside and outside of their property for potential and active breeding sites and when identified, immediately disposing of them as has been recommended by the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health maintains its strong collaboration with the tourism sector for a strategic approach to Zika virus preparedness.

The Government of Saint Lucia together with partners within the tourism sector have invested in the procurement and set-up of In-2-Care Traps to strengthen the vector management programme with specific focus on locations with high mosquito indices.

Tourism partners have also provided on-going support with donations of bed nets to be distributed at health facilities, the training of staff within the tourism sector, community clean-up campaigns and other health promotion and public awareness efforts.

The Ministry continues to work in collaboration with regional and international partners as we seek manage the disease.

The public will be kept updated by the Ministry of Health on progress in managing the response to Zika Virus Disease in country.

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  1. Like I said before. You cannot just put the information out there and not follow up. Long pants and shirts, purchase of repellents etc.
    It's no surprise young people are the first infected. Three- quarter pants, very short pants and vests are the preferred mode of dress. (Understandable in a tropical country).
    Have the pharmaceutical companies been contacted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to determine whether or not sales of insect repellents have doubled, tripled, quadrupled, quintupled etc..?
    Zika is spread by mosquitoes so the more infected persons there are the more mosquitoes get infected and the more they infect additional people. Infection spread can get geometrical, exponential.

    Wouldn't it be reassuring to hear the MOH say people are actually buying repellents and dressing up to avert disaster?
    MOH keep asking people to do those things but please find out what's really happening!!!!

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  2. perhaps it's a way to prevent populations from reproducing for the next 10 years.

    These are genetically modified mosquitoes spreading those diseases. causing nothing more than a high fever for men, but serious danger to pregnant women. If a woman is pregnant now, she has to hope for 10 months that a mosquito does not bite her. what happens if it bites the mom after she gives birth and then breast feeds the child? is this like HIV and can be transmitted through breastfeeding.
    Let's hope the Rockerfellas (owners of the Zikka Virus patent!!) releases an antidote soon, at our expense.

    message here. slow down on the reproduction, our health care cannot support physically or mentally challenged children.

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  3. Did The Ministry of Health not receive confirmation on Wednesday the 6th of April?? Why is this report saying 8th April?

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  4. Zika is no mosquito virus, get real people read your books

    This being said, St Lucia, get ready to eat dry green figs as you will not have the tourist dollar, as they not coming

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  5. Seems that during the time we were saying that St. Lucia was Zika-free the mosquitos were quietly spreading the virus. Now four cases may just be the tip of the iceberg.

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  6. I hope contractors adopt precautionary measures too.
    They should ensure that water storage containers are either empty or properly covered on their work site. Also instruct your workers to pick up their garbage.
    Even if you are not living in the area , there are neighbors who will be affected.

    A house is being renovated in my area, and there is a big barrel full of water which is not covered. Somehow I am missing the guys who come to work on the house as I need to inform them.

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  7. Typical olf time modus operandi. Okay no names mentioned. But why hide the areas they live in. Hiding will not help. People need to know so they can track how things are debrloping. If you know it is in your area you will obviously urgently magnify on your alertness.
    Is that the type of thinking from the ministry of health. So what's more important? Secrets or trying to prevent the spread?

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    • Unless heads roll this nonsense will continue to happen. And be mindful many patients with Zika show no symptoms.

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  8. More concrete canals/ravines need to be built to minimize water stagnation, particularly in residential areas.

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  9. so can we please see a lower price for all mosquito repellents . i can perform necessary checks at home but i need a break from the high cost of keeping my family safe from this "sudden monster and master of all diseases mosquito"

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