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Health Department Says There Are No New Cases Of The Zika Virus In The Territory


CHRISTIANSTED — No new cases of Zika were confirmed this week, as reported in today’s Zika surveillance report, according to the V.I. Department of Health.

The total confirmed Zika cases remain at 12 cases, 11 of which are on St. Croix and one on St. Thomas, the Health Department said on Tuesday.

But the Department of Health has confirmed four new cases of dengue, it said.

“The Department of Health continues to test pregnant women without symptoms of Zika..” Dr. Michelle Davis, the Health Commissioner nominee, said. “As of this week, 402 samples have been received from pregnant women, of those 162 have tested negative. Four pregnant women have been confirmed with dengue. No cases of Zika have been confirmed in pregnant women.”

Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe complications from dengue fever, and any pregnant woman experiencing symptoms should see their healthcare provider for evaluation. Avoid ibuprofen, aspirin, or aspirin-containing drugs until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage. In particular, pregnant women who have a fever should be treated with acetaminophen (Paracetamol or Tylenol®.) People infected with Zika, chikungunya, or dengue virus should be protected from further mosquito exposure during the first few days of illness to reduce the risk of spreading the disease to others.

“Mosquito control efforts are also in progress around the homes of pregnant women in the Virgin Islands. Pregnant women who have been tested for Zika virus are eligible for a free inspection as part of our mosquito control and Zika management program. These inspections and any needed treatments are being provided free-of-charge to eligible homeowners. Representatives from CDC and Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) are in the process of contacting homeowners to schedule free home inspections. These inspections do not mean that a positive Zika test result has been confirmed,” added Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Jones

Pregnant women are reminded that Zika Prevention Kits are still available for free at multiple locations across the Virgin Islands. As of this week, 162 kits have been distributed. The kits include educational materials in English and Spanish, EPA-registered insect repellent, permethrin spray repellent for treating clothing, condoms to avoid sexual transmission of Zika, a thermometer for women to screen themselves for symptoms, treatment tabs for preventing mosquitoes from breeding in standing water, and a bed net.

For local information about Zika virus, call the Department of Health Emergency Operations Center at (340) 712-6205. For more general information about the Zika virus call toll free: 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Additional information

DOH’s Special section on Zika

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• General information about Zika virus and disease
• Zika virus information for clinicians
• Protection against mosquitoes
• Travel notices related to Zika virus
• Information about Zika virus for travelers and travel health providers

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

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Department of Health Representatives and the CDC specialists will be speaking at the St. John Town Hall meeting at 5pm on Wednesday, March 30th. Please feel free to come and share your comments and concerns with the team.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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