The mosquito borne Zika virus is getting closer to Dominica with the neighbouring French island of Martinique becoming the latest Caribbean country to report confirmed cases.
That island is the 11th country in the region to confirm the disease.
Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland says while the virus is very mild there could be serious effects for pregnant women.
Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland
Meantime, Environmental Health Officer Morrison McPherson says Dominica should not wait until the virus presents itself for the island to take caution.
Environmental Health Officer Morrison McPherson
Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
Severe illness requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.