The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment has reiterated its appeal for persons to clean up their environment so as to reduce breeding sites for the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes as this country records its second case of the Zika virus.

The Ministry of Health said in a release yesterday that this Laboratory confirmed case is of a 31 year old female from the Kingstown area.

Based on the history of recent travel and the onset of symptoms being a day after return to the state, it has been concluded that this case is not an instance of local transmission, but rather one that was obtained abroad.

The first confirmed case of Zika virus was recorded here on February 23, 2016 and was contracted by a 34 year old female resident of Union Island.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer- Beache says there is increasing evidence to support the claim that the Zika virus causes microcephaly and stresses with enormous importance that all Vincentians should continue to protect themselves by using insect repellants and wearing long clothes.

She is also encouraging the public to work even more closely with the Ministry of Health in the various activities to clean up St. Vincent and the Grenadines and fight the mosquito, which is the source of the problem.

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