Vector Borne Diseases On The Decline

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Barbados has recorded significant declines in vector borne illnesses such as Zika and Chikungunya this year. According to Health Minister John Boyce, 39 suspected cases of Zika were reported to the Ministry of Health so far this year, three of which have been confirmed. He said this represented “a significant decline” from 2016. Speaking on Monday at the Zika TechCamp …

Update On Communicable Diseases

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The Ministry of Health has reported that for the first three months of the year, Barbados recorded 289 cases of gastroenteritis and 333 cases of fever and respiratory illness. In its latest update on communicable diseases, the Ministry also revealed 705 suspected cases of Zika since the outbreak started in early 2016 until the week ending April 1, this year. …

Ministry Of Health: Two Babies Born With Microcephaly

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The Ministry of Health is investigating the cause of microcephaly in two babies delivered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital this week. The doctors at the QEH are carrying out investigations to determine whether the birth defects are linked to the Zika virus or cytomegalovirus infection during pregnancy. Microcephaly is a birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than …

Zika Virus Update For Pregnant Women

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The Ministry of Health has advised pregnant women and women of child-bearing age to be especially careful as the rainy season progresses and to take all necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites. In a statement released today, it warned that pregnant women could be infected with the Zika virus at any stage of pregnancy. Infection with the Zika virus has …

Take Responsibility For Your Environment

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(Stock Photo) With the start of the rainy season, the Environmental Health Department of the Ministry of Health is appealing to property owners and householders to step up efforts to rid their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites. Principal Environmental Health Officer, Ronald Chapman, said it was important that everything be done to ensure that the work done by the Ministry …