Zika: increase in cases in Saint Martin

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Compared to Martinique and Guyana, Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin remain less affected by the Zika virus. But the number of biologically confirmed cases is increasing.

In Saint Martin, a total of 7 cases of biologically confirmed Zika have been reported. Among them, a pregnant woman has been identified, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin from the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS). Since January 27, our territory has moved to level 2 of the surveillance, alert and epidemic management program (Psage): "Native beginner viral circulation". Regarding Saint-Barthélemy, no case of Zika has been identified yet. The island therefore remains at level 1c: "Absence of indigenous cases, no viral circulation detected". But Saint-Barth is struggling with an epidemic of dengue. "This phenomenon makes it more difficult to identify clinical suspect Zika cases," said the institute.

In Guadeloupe, a total of 25 cases of biologically confirmed Zika have been reported. The epidemic continues in Martinique and Guyana. Since last Saturday, a week of fighting against the virus has been launched in Martinique in order to destroy the breeding sites. Elsewhere in the world, South Africa confirmed its first case of Zika on Saturday. In Canada, Ontario also recorded its very first case involving a person who traveled to South America.

Find all prevention advice online on the ARS Guadeloupe - Northern Islands website. As a reminder, the virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes of the genus Aedes.

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