The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment confirms a new case of Zika in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, bringing the total number of local patients diagnosed with the virus to three.
The patient is a 35 year old female of Bequia.
Following the first laboratory confirmed case of Zika virus infection in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, through its Zika Action Committee, implemented its locale specific response as part of its intensified targeted approach to effectively tackle the Aedes Agyepti mosquito vector of the Zika Virus.
Health officials say this country is continuing to see a decrease in the number of reported cases of the Chikungunya, Mosquito-borne illnesses.
Several persons across St. Vincent and the Grenadines were affected last year by the outbreak of the Chikungunya virus, which is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Epidemiologist, Dr. Rosmond Adams, told NBC news that there were approximately 1,245 suspected cases in 2014, with 173 confirmed. He further stated that there has been a steady decline in the cases locally and regionally.
Efforts are continuing by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to address the Chikungunya outbreak in St Vincent and the Grenadines, with vector control measures and public sensitization programs currently taking place across the nation.
The Ministry says to date, some three hundred and ninety six (396) cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been recorded here. The majority of those cases have been confined to the Grenadine Island of Bequia.
Efforts aimed at eradicating the aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus have intensified.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is appealing for the co-operation of the public in helping to control the outbreak of the Chikungunya viral disease here. Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Persons experiencing these signs and symptoms should contact their health care provider.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are now thirty-nine confirmed laboratory cases of the Chickungunya virus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Ministry says there are thirty-seven on Bequia and two on the mainland. The Ministry says it is continuing to implement vector control activities against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that causes the Chickungunya virus.
This Rapid Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) provides a summary of the sectors affected by the heavy rains and devastating floods that occurred on December 24 and 25, 2013 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The DaLA focuses particularly on infrastructure damages and losses in order to inform the country's recovery, reconstruction and financial planning. It also includes short and medium term recommendations designed to further incorporate disaster risk management into land use and physical planning decision-making processes.
Area or Agency: National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date: 29th December 2013
Person reporting: Michelle Forbes –Deputy Director
1.0 The Event
During the period 24th – 25th December, 2013 St. Vincent and the Grenadines experienced severe rains and gusty winds from a Low Level Trough System that affected the Eastern Caribbean. The Meteorological Office reported 79.22mm (3.11inches) at the E. T. Joshua Airport during that period.