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    Bermuda - First confirmed travel-related case of Zika virus

    Ministry of Health and Seniors advises there are several suspected cases of Zika virus in Bermuda

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    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
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    https://www.gov.bm/articles/ministry...-virus-bermuda

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    Zika case confirmed in Bermuda

    Simon Jones

    Published Aug 18, 2016 at 10:46 am (Updated Aug 18, 2016 at 11:21 am)

    The Department of Health has reported the first confirmed case of imported Zika virus in Bermuda.

    The announcement this morning comes a little more than a week since the ministry revealed that three people suspected of having Zika after returning from overseas were being tested for the virus.

    A government statement said that the person was known to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and Vector Control as a suspected case.

    “As with all suspected cases of Zika and other diseases spread by mosquitoes, control measures are put in place at the time of initial testing,” a government spokeswoman said.
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    http://www.royalgazette.com/health/a...med-in-bermuda

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    The Zika Virus

    The Ministry of Health and Seniors confirms that a person who recently travelled to a Zika-affected country has been diagnosed with Zika. This represents the first confirmed imported (travel-related) case of Zika virus in Bermuda. Given that we have a population that travels frequently, this will occur from time to time. For more information about Zika and human health, click here. For more information about Zika virus and mosquito control in Bermuda, click here.

    Zika is a mosquito-borne infection caused by Zika virus. Most persons with Zika have a mild illness, but there is a possibility of harm to unborn babies whose mothers are infected with Zika during, or prior to, pregnancy. Currently, there is no specific treatment or vaccine available for Zika. The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites in affected countries. Here you can find out the countries affected by Zika.
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    https://www.gov.bm/zika-virus



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