Chik V resurfaces
Despite concerted efforts by the St Catherine Health Department and the St Catherine Parish Council to carry out a sustained vector-control programme throughout the parish, the health department is reporting that chik-V has once again surfaced in the parish.
Chief public health officer for the parish, Richard Baker, told Thursday's monthly meeting of the St Catherine Parish Council that in addition to two confirmed cases of chik-V, seven cases of dengue and one case of the Zik virus have been identified so far.
According to Baker, the health department, aided by the parish council and other agencies, has been carrying out a sustained campaign to identify and destroy mosquito-breeding sites. "This effort seems to be paying off since we are seeing no widespread outbreak of any of these diseases so far," Baker disclosed.
He made a special plea for persons who might come down with the Zika virus to practise safe sex since it is well-documented that the virus can be transmitted from person to person through sex.