Dominica's Ministry of Health says it is in full alert, and has put together a Plan of Action for the prevention and control of the Zika Virus. This new mosquito borne disease facing the region, belongs to the same family of viruses as dengue and chikungunya, and is predominantly transmitted via the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, but may also be transmitted via blood transfusion, from mother to unborn baby and also through sexual intercourse.
Dr. David Johnson is Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Johnson says given that over 75% of cases of the Zika virus is asymptomatic, it is likely that the virus will enter Dominica undetected. He says while there is no confirmed case of the virus here to date, blood samples of suspected cases will be sent to CARPHA for testing.
The CMO further stated that the plan of action will also address prevention and control of Zika virus infection, by aggressively reducing the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito population here, and empowering the public to protect themselves.
The Ministry of Health says it will continue to keep the public informed about Zika. Meanwhile the hotline number(767) 448 2151 is available to receive further information or advice.
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