Public reminded to be part of Zika sero-prevalence study

PHILIPSBURG–The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) urges the public to participate in the Zika sero-prevalence study screening, which is set for this Saturday, August 5, at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg. CPS and American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine in collaboration with St. Maarten Laboratory Services (SLS) are involved in the study. AUC medical students will draw blood during the screening which will be carried out between 9:00am to 3:00pm. The screening is free and there is no need to register.  “Come out and get tested,” CPS said. 

  Persons will be assisted in completing a short questionnaire and consent form and then guided to draw blood which will be later analysed by AUC and SLS.  Participants’ results will be forwarded to their respective family physicians. The study is being carried out to assess Zika prevalence in the country. Additional information can be obtained by calling CPS at tel. 542-3003 or 542-2078.

Source: The Daily Herald