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St Catherine health department steps up ZIKV preparations

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 1:36 PM

The St Catherine Health Department says it has strengthened its vector control and awareness programme as it seeks to minimise the possible impact of the zika virus (ZIKV).

The virus has entered the Caribbean and the Ministry of Health has warned that it will likely reach local shores.

The Health Ministry has also said that most Jamaicans will get the virus if it enters the country.

Medical Officer of Health for St Catherine, Dr Prosper Chen, says given the susceptibility of the population to viruses carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito the health department is ensuring that it prepares the parish.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is the carrier of the zika virus as well as the chikungunya and dengue fever viruses.

Chen says the health department has met with the parish council and has worked out a plan of action.

Among other things, she says there’s to be aedes aegypti surveillance and control and the prevention and control of breeding sites.

Chen says the health department will also employ health workers on a temporary basis to assist with an education and community intervention drive.


Medical Officer of Health for St. Catherine, Dr. Prosper Chen