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.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
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.