My fellow residents of and visitors to the Virgin Islands, the recent announcement of five laboratory confirmed cases of the Zika Virus has understandably given rise to some concerns, but there is no cause for undue alarm. We have been monitoring the spread of this mosquito-borne virus across the Americas and the Caribbean region since local transmission was first reported in Brazil in May 2015. When local transmission was later detected in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and the neighbouring US Virgin Islands, we anticipated that it would not be long before the virus reached the shores of the BVI.
In an ongoing effort to protect the community from Zika, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, the Environmental Health Division will be conducting fogging operations in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola on August 27 and August 29 at 5:30 a.m.
Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton is pictured meeting with the evaluation team from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on July 7.