25 Zika cases recorded here

If you main­tain the mos­quito den­sity at very low level which Fiji has right now, we can elim­i­nate the dis­ease from the coun­try: Dr Kama

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Twenty-five Zika virus cases have been recorded by the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices so far this year. This was con­firmed by Na­tional Ad­viser for Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases, Dr Mike Kama. Zika virus is spread to peo­ple through mos­qui­toes and the first recorded cases be­gan ear­lier this year.

“The cases have been recorded from Fe­bru­ary till now,” Dr Kama said. “But, the trans­mis­sion rate seems to be low com­pare the num­ber of sam­ples the Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices sent for lab test­ing that comes back pos­i­tive,” he said. Dr Kama said in the low trans­mis­sion sit­u­a­tion in any coun­try the clean-up cam­paign was very im­por­tant. “If you main­tain the mos­quito den­sity at very low lev­els which Fiji has right now, we can elim­i­nate the dis­ease from the coun­try. “But that depends how far we can sus­tain the low den­sity of mos­qui­toes,” he said. Dr Kama said the min­istry was hop­ing to main­tain this till the end of the year. “We are urg­ing the mem­bers of the pub­lic to keep their en­vi­ron­ment clean and de­stroy mos­quito breed­ing places and pro­tect them­selves from mos­quito,” he said. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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