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Five cases of Zika confirmed in St Ann...Residents urged to be vigilant

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 8:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the Zika virus.

ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:

Medical officer of health for St Ann, Dr Debra Weir, has confirmed five cases of Zika virus in the parish, among the 264 reports of suspected cases.

Weir made the disclosure while speaking at a Zika community meeting in St Ann's Bay last Friday.

In encouraging persons to be proactive and to take personal responsibility to prevent transmission of the disease, Weir encouraged the wearing of clothing to cover the body as much as possible.

"Personal protection is very important. Ensure that you cover as much of your body as possible. We encourage that you wear long sleeves and tall pants to protect yourself," Weir encouraged. "The other one is to use insect repellent. Another way of protecting yourself at night when you go to bed, we encourage

persons to sleep under the

mosquito net."

Weir also advised the installation of nets at windows. Importantly, she also encouraged ladies to delay pregnancy and to ensure the use of condoms.

 

Sexual transmission

 

"As you are aware, studies have indicated that the Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, so use a condom every time, and delay pregnancy because the Zika virus can affect your baby."

Meanwhile, community awareness programmes will continue in St Ann, according to Karen Brown, environmental health officer at North East Regional Health Authority.

These are aimed at raising a greater level of awareness of the public and their role in identifying and eradicating mosquitoes that cause the Zika virus.

"We've gone into communities such as Mansfield Heights and Parry Town, where we jointly removed several truckloads of waste that would have facilitated the breeding of mosquitoes," Brown said.

"We want to use this opportunity to encourage each and everyone to continue to carry out the mission of trying to make this very dreaded mosquito history. We encourage you to come on board with the St Ann Health Department and help do your part in the fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito."

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