Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: September 27, 2016 , 8:31 am | Category: WORLD
The deadly Zika virus has been transmitted by mosquito in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.
The development prompted the agency to urge travelers to the two-island nation to prevent themselves from getting mosquito bites. Mosquitoes in the area are spreading the disease to people, the CDC says.
Pregnant women are being advised not to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis because Zika can be spread from mother to fetus.
Three cases of the virus have been confirmed in St. Kitts and Nevis, the St. Kitts Nevis Observer reported, attributing the information to government officials.
Minister of Health Eugene Hamilton is calling on residents to make sure they do not have stagnant water or other potential breeding sites on their properties.
Cameron Wilkinson, medical chief of staff at JNF Hospital, told WINN FM radio that it should not be too much of a surprise that the disease has reached St. Kitts and Nevis because it has been found in neighboring countries.
“What is reassuring is the fact that for the majority of persons with the Zika virus, infections are very mild infections and there is no need for panic,” Wilkinson told the radio station.
Travelers can prevent mosquito bites by:
Covering exposed skin with clothing
Using insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency
Wearing clothing and using outdoor gear treated with permethrin
Staying in places with air conditioning and window and door screens
Sleeping under a mosquito bed net
Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, according to the CDC. The virus can be fatal.
As of Sept. 21, there have been 3,358 cases in the United States and 19,777 in U.S. territories, the CDC reports.
As of Sept. 22, 47 countries in the Americas have reported the disease, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
NEWS COLLECTED FROM USA TODAY.