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Minister of Tourism Lorne Theophilus says the treat of the Zika virus has been blown out of proportion.

Mr Theophillus’ response comes as CNN and other international media outlets report that the Zika virus is spreading explosively throughout the Americas.

This reports are based on a statement from the leader of the World health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan.

On Friday morning prior to a sitting of the House of Assembly, the minister of Tourism gave his view on the issue.

More than 6 neighboring islands including Barbados and Martinique have reported documented cases of the virus.

However, Mr.Theophilus says that there are many other Caribbean islands where there have been no reported cases of the virus, and the Ministry of Tourism will be working with the ministry of health to deal with this threat.

St.Lucia has not reported any cases of the Zika virus.
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