The Ministry Of Health Steps Up Zika Surveillance

Local Health Officials have appealed to people in St Vincent and the Grenadines to work collaboratively with the Ministry of Health in its increased surveillance regarding the spread of the Aedes Egypti which is linked to the Zika virus.

Senior Environmental Healh Officer, Danvile Toney, said on NBC’s Viws on Issues Programme 17th January, that the Aedes Egypti mosquito, lives in an around homes; hence everyone must step in to help get rid of breeding sites for the mosquito.

He said the Health Ministry has increased surveillance at ports of entry as well as inspection of streams and rivers; but he has urged residents not to allow water to stagnate in and around their homes thus providing ideal breeding conditions for the virus.

St Vincent and the Grenadines does not have any reported cases of the Zika virus though it is reported to be present in some neighbouring territories.