MARIGOT–Citing figures from Cellule Inter Régionale d’Epidémiologie (CIRE) Antilles Guyane, the Préfecture disclosed the number of biologically confirmed cases of Zika now stands at 61 in St. Martin, as of April 28, 2016.
The cases include two pregnant women who are being closely monitored but so far there is no evidence of microcephaly.
One case, however, unrelated to the above, has been accompanied by neurological problems.
The Préfecture reminds the public to continue destroying potential mosquito breeding sites around the home and in the yard. This includes throwing out stagnant water from flower vases, pots, car tyres, anywhere that water can collect, and cleaning out blocked rain gutters and covering cisterns.
For personal protection from mosquito bites, use insect repellent liberally and often, wear long pants and long sleeve clothing, use mosquito nets around the bed and install mosquito screens on doors and windows.
More specific advice and information about Zika can be obtained from the regional health office Agence Regional de la Santé (ARS) at tel. (0590) 279088 or cellular (0690)187499.
ARS is inviting the public to make an appointment if they wish to receive the mosquito larvae-eating “guppie” or “golomine” fish to put in their cisterns. There is no charge for the fish.
Source: Daily Herald
Zika cases now up to 61 on French side