PHILIPSBURG–Up to Tuesday, September 13, there were 123 “reported and registered” Zika cases at the Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS), and of this number 54 are confirmed cases.
There is one pregnant woman who is suspected of having the Zika virus, CPS officials told The Daily Herald on Tuesday. CPS said it appears as though all districts are affected. However, there are one or two districts peaking with a number of reported cases. CPS said, however, that there should be caution with the interpretation as persons reported one address and are staying somewhere else.
Areas where Zika confirmed cases reside include Sucker Garden with 13 reported cases; Cole Bay 10; Cay Hill 8; St. Peters 7 and Pointe Blanche 6 and a large number of cases whose residency is unknown.
French St. Martin’s health monitoring agency Institut de Veille Sanitaire (INVS) estimated on Monday that the number of visits to a family doctor by persons who believe they contracted Zika were 80 in the first week of September against 95 the previous week, marking a decline after the rebound seen in recent weeks according to the latest bulletin. The number of suspected cases remains at a high level.
Since the emergence of the virus, there have been 2,165 “clinically suggestive” cases of Zika seen by doctors in the territory. The infection has also been confirmed in two new pregnant women on the island bringing the cumulative total to 22 pregnant women who contracted Zika during their pregnancy and for which a biological research was prescribed.
Since the emergence of the virus in St. Martin, one neurological complication was reported in April 2016 by a person whose infection by the virus was confirmed biologically. No deaths have been reported on the island of a patient infected by Zika.
Source: Daily Herald
123 reported cases of Zika, 54 confirmed on Dutch side