Zika warning

Zika warning
10 May
2017

There's not a lot of interest nowadays in the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

However, health experts are still warning Barbadians to keep on their guard.

Official reports from the health ministry have shown one confirmed case and two probable cases of microcephaly linked to Zika last year.

And although there are no reported 2017 cases so far, Zika project coordinator at the Barbados Red Cross Danielle Toppin says that doesn't mean all is well.

The Ministry of Health and Barbados Red Cross gave a joint presentation to pregnant women at the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic.

Other aspects of the Zika prevention project will be community cleanups, surveys and public awareness campaigns.

Ms Toppin is reminding that Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika all stem from the Aedes Aeypti mosquito, which is most active during the day.

Therefore she says stamping out the mosquito is the most effective strategy.

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