The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has amplified all efforts to aid in the fight against the Zika Virus, with healthcare providers being briefed on the surveillance and clinical management of the virus.

As part of a strategy to manage the threat of the virus, a national clean-up drive is underway which is being led by the Ministry of Health, with support from other Ministries and stakeholders, and is aimed at reducing the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the vector which transmits the Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses.

Environmental surveillance has also been increased, with specific emphasis at our ports.

This comes as the World Health Organisation on Monday declared Zika in the Americas as a public health emergency of international concern. It means that the transmission of the Zika Virus has the potential to become a pandemic.

There are no reported cases of Zika virus infection here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but stringent measures are being put in place to manage it, should it surface.

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