Via The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer: St. Kitts-Nevis Will Be Hit By Zika Virus Says CMO. Excerpt:
It is almost an absolute certainty that the Federation will be affected by the mosquito borne Zika disease, says Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Martin.
The CMO explained that is because the vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is already present in St. Kitts Nevis. The same mosquito is responsible for the spread of dengue fever and Chikungunya.
He disclosed that due to persons traveling into the federation who might be infected with Zika but appear perfectly healthy, the likelihood of them being bitten by a mosquito and the disease spreading in the Federation is very high.
Meanwhile Dr. Martin said the report of the virus making its way into the Caribbean, in the Dominican Republic is still “unconfirmed”.
He noted though preparation for that virus is ongoing, because one has to control the spread of mosquitoes.
“We expect Zika to move through the Caribbean. It is not fatal but one will have swollen legs, fever...and other symptoms similar to Chikungunya.”
The CMO emphasized that “We are prepared just as we were prepared for Chikungunya and Dengue. The best preparation is giving people information.”