Zika Update: Jump to 115 Cases; Health Department Continues Proactive Response

BY KELSEY NOWAKOWSKI — AUGUST 10, 2016

After the number of Zika cases in the territory climbed from 79 to 115 this week, the V.I. Department of Health is reassuring the public that it’s working diligently to stem the outbreak.

According to Health’s latest surveillance report, there are 36 new cases...
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The majority of new cases have been reported on St. Thomas. Health said that island’s higher population density has led to higher transmission rates. St. Thomas added 32 cases just this past week and now has 90 total Zika cases. New cases have slowed on St. Croix where the outbreak began with the island having only 23 of the 115 confirmed cases; St. John’s second case was reported this week.
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According to last week’s surveillance report, 10 pregnant women have laboratory evidence for Zika. As of last week, six of these women are confirmed positives, while the other four are presumptive positives that need additional testing to confirm.
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