The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 11-17 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.
Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
British Virgin Islands and Singapore
Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: None
Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: None
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 28 August - 3 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever and cholera.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development has confirmed five cases of the Zika virus in the British Virgin Islands.
Three of the cases were tested locally and found to be positive and two cases were tested overseas and found to be positive as well. The cases were contracted in the Cane Garden Bay and Havers areas of Tortola.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ronald Georges has stated that with our neighbouring islands contracting the virus, it was only a matter of time for the Territory to confirm cases.
Meteorologists have linked the presence of Saharan Air Layer (SAL) or Saharan Dust across the Atlantic Ocean, to the calm currently being experienced for the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
The very dry, dusty layer of warm air occurs when a dust storm develops over Western Africa in the Sahara Desert and gets blown into the Atlantic Ocean by easterly winds.
The communities of North Sound and West End will benefit from a British Virgin Islands Red Cross (BVIRC) disaster risk reduction project.
The project is aimed at strengthening the ability of individuals and communities to respond to the impact of hazards and disaster threats.
The two communities will receive capacity building and infrastructural support under the community risk reduction programme and funding support in the amount of twenty two thousand dollars ($22,000) by the British Red Cross for 2016.
Several residents from Cane Garden and Brewers Bay are now trained in a number of basic life support and rescue techniques.
The training programme was conducted by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) from March 15 to 23.
Participants were trained in basic fire suppression, basic search and rescue, first aid and CPR, and disaster medical operations which can make a difference between life and death during emergencies.
A public/private partnership has been established to chart the path towards mosquito eradication on Virgin Gorda.
The ‘Project Bug Out’ partnership is part of efforts to reduce the potential impact of the Zika Virus on the sister island. The project’s steering committee is comprised of community members from private, pubic and non-government sectors and will seek to ensure that all residents of Virgin Gorda and surrounding cays are aware of the immediate measures that they can take to support mosquito eradication.