Grenada, Antigua record first confirmed cases of Zika virus

Zika virus positive

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda have each recorded their first laboratory confirmed case of Zika infection.

Both are women. In Antigua, a woman who returned from the Dominican Republic recently tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness. A 27-year-old non-Grenadian with a history of recent travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines was diagnosed as Grenada’s first patient.

The cases were confirmed by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

“Upon receiving notification of the suspected case the ministry had dispatched vector control teams to the area where entomological surveillance, treatment, and fogging were undertaken,” the Ministry of Health in Grenada said, in announcing the confirmed case.

Health Minister Nickolas Steele said his staff aggressively took those measures to contain the possible spread of the virus and to ensure that the Ministry of Health continues its eradication efforts of the Aedes aegypti Mosquito.

The ministry said that while the government has been at the forefront of the national response to Zika, with the support of private and public stakeholders, citizens also need to take personal responsibility in dealing with mosquito-borne diseases.

 

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