Health Distributing Mosquito Nets To Fight Zika

 The V.I. Department of Health will be distributing mosquito nets Wednesday and Thursday on St. Thomas and will be doing outreach during the V.I. Agrifest on St. Croix this weekend, according to the agency

The Home Visitation Program under our Maternal and Child Healthcare clinic will be at the Tutu Park Mall on Wed. Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon to distribute mosquito nets to the pregnant women, Acting Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville said in a statement. Department of Health staff will also be onsite to distribute insect repellent and educational material.  Then on Thursday, Feb. 11, they will be at K-Mart at Lockhart Gardens to also distribute mosquito nets to the pregnant women, and insect repellent and educational materials. 
As always, the Department of Health will have a presence at the St Croix Agricultural fairgrounds this coming weekend, where we will be providing outreach, education and answering yours questions about this threat.  We are urging everyone in the community to work together to protect our pregnant women and unborn children from the Zika virus," Acting Health Commissioner Juan Figueroa-Serville said in a statement.
“Our constant communication with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has allowed us to pool our resources to provide the most effective preventative care for the Territory, in expectation of the Zika virus’s impact,” U.S. Health and Human Resources Regional Health Administrator said in a statement.  The CDC has sent an additional epidemiologist; Jay Roth, she said. "Also, Darcie Bentz who has been assigned by CDC will be providing administrative support to our programs and we are grateful to have her assistance. Senior Leadership will continue to update the outreach guidelines as this situation continues to develop," Davis said.
The Department of Health has launched a new Facebook page  , where Zika and other health updates and concerns are posted in real time.  You can also find pertinent information on our website with direct links to the CDC.
For more information about the Zika Virus call toll free:  1-800-CDC-INFO
The Department of Health continues to provide testing for the Zika Virus for FREE, at its primary care clinics.
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