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Zika’s here

First cases of the mosquito-borne virus confirmed

Barbados has recorded its first cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

A release from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) late today quoted the Ministry of Health as confirming three cases of the disease, which is spread by the Aedes mosquito that also transmits Dengue and Chikungunya.

“. . .  of the eight samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing, three were positive and five negative for the virus,” the release stated.

It did not say when the virus was contracted or how it reached Barbados, but Minister of Health John Boyce announced last week that samples had been sent to CARPHA for confirmatory testing. This means the three cases have likely been healed since the symptoms last between two and seven days.

The most common symptoms of Zika are mild fever and skin rash, usually accompanied by conjunctivitis, muscle or joint pain, and general malaise, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Most people won’t know they have it as only one out of four infected people develops symptoms, PAHO has said.

Source: (BGIS)

5 Responses to Zika’s here

  1. Tony Webster January 16, 2016 at 5:27 am

    If not the Minister personally, the Ministry’s technocrats, need to inform the country of any concerns/ precautions pregnant folks should have: official sources elsewhere have warned against women in pregnancy visiting countries where Zika is prevalent, as there is evidently some risk of permanent brain damage to a foetus , arising from contraction of Zika.

    Give us the whole story, Min. Health, plus your recommendations.

  2. Tara Inniss-Gibbs
    Tara Inniss-Gibbs January 16, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I hope some announcements of arrests and fines being levied for illegal dumping and littering are also here as well — we have to reduce vector breeding sites

  3. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams January 16, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I knew it

  4. Honest January 17, 2016 at 10:56 am

    These diseases are created and then tested in the Caribbean and latin America and such places. I do not buy into this one bit. One year Dengue, next Chickingunya, next Zika. Call me a conspiracy theorist or not…I know something is not right.

  5. kathy hall February 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    this zika is design to extinguish the black population on the earth


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