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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

_________________________________________________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 12, 2016

Department of Health Partnering with Local Clinics and Labs
to Provide Zika Virus Testing at No Costs to Patients

Department of Health Acting Commissioner Juan Figueroa –Serville and Dr. Michelle Davis the HHS Region II Director would like to provide the following updates to the people of the Virgin Islands.

The Department of Health is pleased to announce that it is partnering with several clinics and labs to provide Zika virus testing at no cost to patients. Pregnant women and people who develop symptoms of Zika virus (fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes) should see their primary care provider to be evaluated for Zika virus testing. If your provider feels that testing is warranted, you can contact the following locations to arrange for testing:

St. Croix
Beeston Hill Clinical Lab 773-4990
Clinical Laboratory Inc. (Sunny Isle) 778-5369
Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. 772-0260
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center 778-6311
Primary Care PLLC 718-7788

St. John
Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center 693-8900

St. Thomas
Community Medical Laboratory 776-7444 
Cranston/Dottin Biomedical Lab 774-6256
Doctors Clinical Laboratory 774-2760 
Havensight Medical Laboratory 774-5515 
Roy Lester Schneider Hospital 776-8311 

Facilities not listed above that want to participle in the testing program and be reimbursed for their services should contact the Department of Health Emergency Operations Center at (340) 712-6205.

The Virgin Islands Department of Health is also pleased to receive additional assistance, again at NO cost to the Territory, from the CDC in the form of a Medical Doctor, Dr. Dan Baden, and a Public Health Advisor, Ms. Darcie Bentz. They Join CDC Epidemiologist Jay Roth, to assist the territory during the initial phases of the Zika Virus. They will be working closely with Dr. Esther Ellis, the Territorial Epidemiologist, to curtail Zika. 

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 

The Department of Health continues to provide testing for the Zika Virus for FREE, at our primary care clinics.

Additional information

DOH's Special section on Zika

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

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