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UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 22, 2016

Department of Health to Host Zika Public Forums on St. Croix & St. Thomas

In response to the rise in Zika cases in the Territory and the recent discovery that Zika can be sexually transmitted by both men and women, the Department of Health is sponsoring two Zika public forums, one in each district. The Department of Health is inviting the entire community. Since pregnant women are at risk of having babies with Zika-related birth defects, pregnant women and their partners are especially encouraged to attend. Participants will learn how Zika is spread, what are the symptoms, the ways they can protect their family, and more. The events are part of a larger Department of Health outreach campaign to both clinicians and the general public to help reduce the spread of Zika. 

The Zika public forum, tagged “Everything you wanted to know about Zika… but didn’t get to ask” will feature Assistant Commissioner of Health Taetia Dorsett; Disease Detective Aaron Harris, MD, MPH, who will be coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta; Territorial Epidemiologist Esther Ellis, PhD; local physicians who are on the frontlines of the Zika response; and pregnant women who will share their experiences with DOH’s free Zika services. 

Zika Forum Details are as follows:

St. Thomas
Wednesday, July 27, 5:30-7:30 pm,
Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Center Auditorium, SRMC.

St. Croix
Tuesday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
University of the Virgin Islands, Great Hall

For more information about the event, questions about Zika in the Territory, or Zika testing information, please call the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center at 340-712-6205. If you have specific questions about Zika in general, visit the CDC Zika Website at www.cdc.gov/zika or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. 

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