The Virgin Islands Department of Health received confirmation late last night of a case positive for Zika virus in a 42 year old male on St. Croix.
“The Virgin Islands Department of Health is working with the CDC and our EOC partners to get pertinent information to the public as soon as it develops. Our goal is to keep the public informed and educated about protecting their homes and families from the Zika virus, while minimizing the impact on the Territory” stated Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Jones.
The Department anticipates additional cases will be confirmed as new lab results come back from the CDC. Since the first case of Zika, which was confirmed in St. Croix on January 19, 2016, the Department of Health has been preparing for additional cases in the Virgin Islands and taking steps to educate the public on how to protect themselves from mosquito bites to prevent the virus from spreading further.
Pregnant women and people who develop two or more symptoms of Zika virus (fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes) should see their primary care provider to be evaluated for Zika virus testing. The Department of Health has partnered with many clinics so that testing for Zika virus is available free of charge. The Department of Health continues to provide testing for the Zika virus as well.
For local information about Zika Virus, call the Department of Health Emergency Operations Center at (340) 712-6205. For more general information about the Zika Virus call toll free: 1-800-CDC-INFO.
If you have symptoms of Zika (fever, rash, joint pain or red eyes) or are pregnant, please see your local Primary Care Provider. The Department of Health has partnered with many clinics so that testing for Zika virus is available free of charge. The Department of Health continues to provide testing for the Zika virus as well.
Special section on Zika
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention:
Pan American Health Organization