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The US Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed four additional cases of Zika on St. Croix this week, bringing the total to 11 cases. No new cases of dengue were reported this week; the total remains 7 confirmed dengue cases.

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Aedes aegypti/CDC

“The Department of Health also continues to test pregnant women without symptoms of Zika. As of this week, 358 samples have been received from pregnant women, of those 225 results are pending. Two were symptomatic and these were both confirmed as dengue,” stated Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Jones.

The Department of Health continues to raise awareness and educate the community about Zika prevention and the DOH response.

Commissioner Nominee, Dr. Michelle Davis would like to stress the importance of individual actions that everyone can take to help prevent Zika virus here in the US Virgin Islands. “There is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites,” added Dr. Davis.

“See your doctor if you develop symptoms (fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes) of Zika as soon as possible. Seeking care early, within the first few days of experiencing symptoms, can aid in more rapid diagnosis. If you are sick, it is also important to protect yourself and other from mosquito bites. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites.

An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people. To help prevent others from getting sick, avoid mosquito bites during the first week of illness” concluded Deputy Commissioner Jones.

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5 Comments

  1. The fact the host country is not being reported is on purpose. It is a fact Obama put zero controls on our ports of entry and he did not have counties warn citizens that not only pregnant woman are in danger, but also young and old and those with weakened immune systems or serious illness past or present. The real kicker is if you google HIV mutated in Cuba you will understand the truth behind the story. Obamas legacy depends on Cuba so he hid the HIV mutation because how does he open flights and in same sentence claim he forgot to mention the new monster strain of HIV. NOw Zika has also mutated and if honest reporting existed in our american news the HIV may be exposed. both HIV and Zika stories are related because no bad news can come out of Cuba! rainy season begins in the caribbean and that is when the Zika show will begin. mark my word!

    • Chris says:

      Rambling nonsense. Zika has nothing to do with HIV, you cannot prevent the spread of mosquitoes by placing controls at ports of entry, if Zika mutated it has happened on the South American mainland (Brazil, Guatemala) and rainy season has nothing to do with Obama. But if you are looking for a political scapegoat, how about this:the only thing that will protect against Zika and Dengue and HIV is more funding for NIH research to develop vaccines- something Obama actually has pushed for. But the Republican lobby was more interested in military spending. So now why don’t you just “shoot them blood suckin’ skeeters”?

  2. […]   The US Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed four additional cases of Zika on St. Croix this week, bringing the total to 11 cases. No new cases of dengue were reported this week; the total remains 7 confirmed dengue cases. “The Department of Health also continues to test pregnant women without symptoms of Zika. […] Outbreak News Today » Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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