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Medical Officials in St Lucia have increases surveillance for the detection of Zica fever, even though there have been no reported cases here.

According to Senior Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar George, the move is being taken based on the fact that the disease is spread by the Aides Egypti mosquito.

The mosquito species is also responsible for the spread of dengue fever and Chikungunya.

As recent as 2014 the disease has been detected in Chile.

She says with high mobility in travel and trade, Dr Belmar says medical officials here are being proactive.

Studies have shown that Zica fever is not fatal

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