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Preparing for Zika

The Ministry of Public Health has issued a general alert about the imminent arrival of the zika virus in the country.

The alert was announced by Public Health Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino, with National Health Service director Ramon Alvarado, deputy minister of Collective Health Nelson Rodriguez Monegro, director of Epidemiology Raquel Pimentel and a representative of the Pan American Health Organization.

The zika virus is transmitted by the same mosquito that carries dengue and chikungunya and needs the same conditions to breed.

Guzman Marcelino called on Dominicans to take preventive measures and eliminate all areas with standing water where the insects can breed. She also said the authorities would be making arrangements for training health personnel and ensuring reinforcements were available for hospitals when the virus arrived in the country.

The zika virus has symptoms similar to dengue and chikungunya, such as fever, strong headaches, muscle pain, vomiting and a general feeling of malaise. The difference with zika is that victims also suffer from conjunctivitis and a skin rash.

Source: DR1, Lisitndiario

Dec 15, 2015

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