Yesterday, the Virgin Islands Department of Health received a shipment of Zika Prevention Kits from the CDC. Kits are being delivered to distribution points today and tomorrow on all three islands, and will be available to pregnant women free of charge beginning Friday, March 4.
“The kits include health education materials and prevention tools to help prevent Zika transmission to pregnant women. We know that Zika virus can be passed from a mother to her fetus during pregnancy. We are studying more about how Zika affects pregnancies, but because of the association between Zika infection and microcephaly (a birth defect in which the size of a baby’s head is smaller than expected for age and sex), pregnant women should take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” stated Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Jones.
Items in the kits include educational materials in English and Spanish, EPA-registered insect repellent, permethrin spray repellent for treating clothing, condoms to avoid sexual transmission of Zika, a thermometer for women to screen themselves for symptoms, treatment tabs for preventing mosquitoes from breeding in standing water, and a bed net.
The free kits will be available to pregnant women at the following locations beginning on March 4:
Department of Health MCH Clinic
Department of Health WIC Clinic
Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center
Frederiksted Health Center
Health Care Connection
Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center
Department of Health MCH Clinic (Pediatric)
Department of Health Community Health Clinic (Prenatal)
Roy Lester Schneider Hospital
East End Medical Center
Sample kits are also being distributed to prenatal care practitioners, including local OB/GYN offices, to allow practitioners to counsel patients on prevention tools and educational materials included in the kit.
The Department of Health continues efforts to enhance surveillance and lab testing capacity, partner with local healthcare providers, and educate the community about Zika and dengue through public outreach, media and social media.
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