The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment received the first confirmation of Zika virus fever in St Vincent and the Grenadines from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) late yesterday afternoon, February 23, 2016. The adult patient has, however, already recovered completely.

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The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has, therefore, taken the appropriate steps to respond to this confirmation, and uses this opportunity to again emphasize that all persons in St Vincent and the Grenadines should protect themselves from mosquito bites and should also ensure that there are no mosquito breeding sites in their environment.

Several Caribbean islands are among 29 in the Americas that have reported cases of Zika, which is suspected to be linked to microcephaly, a rare condition in which a baby’s brain and head are underdeveloped, as well as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

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