CARPHA says Zika virus threat low

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the risk of contracting the Zika virus (ZIK V) in the region is low.
But it says there is still a need to be vigilant given the ongoing risk for dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases.
CARPHA conducted a 30 month review of the situation and found that the number of cases of the virus, which was first detected in the Caribbean in late 2015, increased in the first half of 2016.
It reached its peak circulation in August 2016 and then declined rapidly by December that year.
CARPHA said ongoing surveillance and laboratory testing in the region indicate that the epidemic circulation of ZIK V has been interrupted in Caribbean territories.
CARPHA said local surveillance in member states has demonstrated both a decrease in general fever-related illness as well as a specific absence of ZIK V reports over the last year.

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