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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2016

Department of Health Confirms Four New Dengue Cases, No New Zika Cases

No new cases of Zika were confirmed this week, as reported in today’s Zika surveillance report. The total confirmed Zika cases remain at 12, 11 of which are on St. Croix and one on St. Thomas. The Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed four new cases of dengue.

Commissioner Nominee, Dr. Michelle Davis stated, “The Department of Health continues to test pregnant women without symptoms of Zika. As of this week, 402 samples have been received from pregnant women, of those 162 have tested negative. Four pregnant women have been confirmed with dengue. No cases of Zika have been confirmed in pregnant women.” 

Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe complications from dengue fever, and any pregnant woman experiencing symptoms should see their healthcare provider for evaluation. Avoid ibuprofen, aspirin, or aspirin-containing drugs until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of hemorrhage. In particular, pregnant women who have a fever should be treated with acetaminophen (Paracetamol or Tylenol®.) People infected with Zika, chikungunya, or dengue virus should be protected from further mosquito exposure during the first few days of illness to reduce the risk of spreading the disease to others.

“Mosquito control efforts are also in progress around the homes of pregnant women in the Virgin Islands. Pregnant women who have been tested for Zika virus are eligible for a free inspection as part of our mosquito control and Zika management program. These inspections and any needed treatments are being provided free-of-charge to eligible homeowners. Representatives from CDC and Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) are in the process of contacting homeowners to schedule free home inspections. These inspections do not mean that a positive Zika test result has been confirmed,” added Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Jones 
Pregnant women are reminded that Zika Prevention Kits are still available for free at multiple locations across the Virgin Islands. As of this week, 162 kits have been distributed. 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. 

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.


Additional information

DOH's Special section on Zika

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Instructions for Reporting Suspected Zika Cases to USVI Department of Health
Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika Reporting Form

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