Barbados health authorities yesterday confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus had been detected in three pregnant women, bringing the number of people in the island affected by the disease to seven.

The Minister of Health said in a statement that the confirmation of the virus had come from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as it appealed to persons to ensure that they did not provide an environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito to survive.

The ministry said the three women have been notified of the results and have been counselled and “Specialized obstetrics care will also be provided to monitor the progress of their pregnancies”.

It advised the public that pregnant women were at risk of getting the Zika virus at any trimester in their pregnancy.

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