“Even though the number of cases of Zika has significantly declined from the outbreak of 2016, there is still need for continued vigilance and action on mosquito-borne diseases, which pose a health security threat, a tourism threat, and an economic threat,” the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says.

These statistics were revealed as part of an information package disseminated to Member States in observation of Caribbean Public Health day 2017.

This newest mosquito-borne disease to the Region came on the heels of chikungunya which affected the health and economic structure of most countries and territories.

The Zika epidemic has shown signs of a significant slowdown, and the risk to residents and visitors is deemed much lower. However, the region continues to struggle and fight against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito responsible for its transmission.



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