Suspected Cases Of Zika Virus In Bermuda

August 9, 2016

The Ministry of Health and Seniors has confirmed that there are “several people who recently returned from overseas who are suspected of having Zika virus.”

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A spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health and Seniors does not discuss the specifics of individual cases, but can confirm that there are several people who recently returned from overseas who are suspected of having Zika virus. Given that we have a population that travels frequently, this will occur from time to time.

“Vector Control’s team is always checking properties to control mosquitoes in order to reduce the risk of onward transmission through mosquito bites. To protect oneself against any mosquito-borne illness, the public is reminded to:

  • wear mosquito repellent, both at home and abroad, choosing  EPA-registered repellents with DEET, Picardin [also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin], oil of eucalyptus, or IR3535.
  • wear light-coloured clothing that covers the arms and legs in order to protect against mosquito bites
  • tip out standing water in flower pots, buckets, tires and other debris around your home
  • use screens on doors and windows
  • travellers visiting a place where Zika is known to circulate are advised to wear mosquito repellent during their trip and for three weeks after returning home
  • in addition to using repellent, travellers visiting a place where Zika is known to circulate are advised to take precautions against sexual transmission for six months, even if asymptomatic
  • women who have travelled in a Zika area or whose sexual partner has travelled in a ZIka area should seek medical advice before becoming pregnant

“For more information see here,  live stream CITV on your computer at here or watch CITV on television from 8 –9 am, 4-5 pm, 8:30 – 9:30 pm and 4-5 am,or visit www.gov.bm/zika-virus. The travel clinic can be reached at 278 6460 [by appointment only].”

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  1. Vector may indeed do this but must notify beforehand!
    You do not walk past a mailbox without consent.

    • Ha! says:

      One’s main concern should be Containing the spread of diseases rather than being offended by someone entering your property to DO THIER JOB. People really need to get over themselves.

      • Nanny Pat says:

        Or perhaps Mr. Ungawa Dumbolo has something to hide on his property?

        • 4ner says:

          perhaps he’s just an a$$h**e

          You’re talking about killing kids Mr Ungawa bundolo

      • Deborah says:

        Anyone entering someone property needs to identify themselves first before searching around. There are too many robberies right now

    • joe says:

      They are authorized to enter properties by the Public Health Act.

  2. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Just a matter of time innit?

  3. fQ73yR4 says:

    So happy that I’m done having children. This virus is so scary. Might be time to make access to birth control easier and cheaper for our community.

  4. Miguelito says:

    Ungawa, what is going on behind that mailbox that needs to be hidden? Consent? You’d rather have virus carrying mosquitos on your property than vector control?

  5. Mary says:

    Ask the unprogressive laborious party they know how to fix everything, Mr Roban will tell us “something needs to done “in a press release yet again

    • Grizz says:

      And here we have the first idiot to turn this political. Please tell me how this article has ANYTHING to do with a political party?! I can only ASSUME you are OBA but what I find amusing is that you and other Government supporters are quick to talk about what the PLP did in the past but won’t call your own Government out on what they are doing in the PRESENT! Take a seat Mary!!!

      • Bully Beef says:

        Boy you got up on the wrong side of the bed!

        • Grizz says:

          Not at all Bully Beef but it just gets boring hearing the same ole line over and over! Live in the NOW, deal with issues of TODAY; I am at a point where I feel a political party shouldn’t even matter; EVERYONE needs to be held accountable but as soon as a topic comes on Bernews someone has to bring up political parties.

  6. qwfq says:

    you twits dont even know what Zika does, it doesnt just kill babies, it is like a flu and can affect ANYONE like a sickness. It kills babies and old people like every other flu. Zika deforms in womb tho as a possibility and can cause microcephaly.