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The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo)

Dengue’s V.I. Reappearance Makes Mosquito Control Paramount

The V.I. Health Department reported Wednesday a small number of Virgin Islanders have tested positive for the unpleasant, mosquito-borne illness dengue in recent weeks, marking its first lab-confirmed return since 2017.

Zika Update: Territory Reports 19 New Cases; Health Department Unsure if Outbreak Is Peaking

Based on the how past dengue and chikungunya outbreaks have unfolded in the territory, the Health Department has speculated that Zika’s peak could be happening now, confirming 19 new cases.

Zika Update: 50 New Cases Reported; Health Plans Action Day

The V.I. Department of Health confirmed 50 new cases of Zika virus in the territory. According to the latest surveillance report, the number of cases went from 143 to 193 in the last week.

CDC Awards $60 Million to Help States, Territories Battle Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin making awards totaling nearly $60 million to states, cities and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus disease.

Weekly Update: Nine More Zika Cases on STT

On Tuesday the V.I. Department of Health confirmed nine new cases of Zika on St. Thomas, bringing the total number of cases in the territory to 56. With these additional reports, St. Thomas now has 38 confirmed cases.

Zika Hurting Tourism, Officials Say

The regional outbreak of the Zika virus has hurt, but not crushed, V.I. tourism, Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty told senators during budget hearings Tuesday.

Weekly Update: USVI Sees First Zika Case in Pregnant Woman; CDC Confirms Disease’s Link to Birth Defects

This week the V.I. Department of Health confirmed the territory’s first case of Zika in a pregnant woman on St. Croix, bringing the number of positive cases in the territory to 14.

Territory Responds To Zika Threat With Multi-Faceted Approach

Multiple agencies and businesses within the U.S. Virgin Islands are ramping up their efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization’s on Monday declared a global health emergency. 

World Health Organization Declares Zika a Health Emergency

The emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization to study outbreaks of microcephaly and other disorders in areas affected by Zika declared the virus a 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern.' 

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