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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 10, 2016

Department of Health Provides Local Updates on the Zika Virus for Pregnant Women

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.

New guidance has recently been published by the CDC in regards to the Zika virus, pregnant women, and sexual activity. For asymptomatic pregnant women residing in areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission, testing is recommended at the initiation of prenatal care with follow-up testing mid-second trimester. Additionally Men who reside in an area of active Zika transmission who have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sex.

Acting Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville added, “It is important to take precaution to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites, and for pregnant women to get tested for Zika”

For more information about the Zika Virus or for any questions please call the Department of Health Emergency Operation Center: 340-718-1311 x6205 

The Department of Health continues to provide testing for the Zika Virus for FREE, at our primary care clinics. Please see your local Primary Care Provider for the test, the Department of Health will then pick up your sample from your Doctor’s office and send it off to the CDC for testing at no cost to the public.

Additional information

DOH's Special section on Zika

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

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