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Health authorities in St Lucia continue to urge the public to remain on guard against the Zika virus, with a strong focus on eliminating the breeding sites for the vector responsible for its spread.

The message comes from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Merlene Fredericks who stressed that while there have been no confirmed cases of ZIKA here, it is only a matter of time before the virus reached St Lucian shores.

Making reference to the growing number of Caribbean islands where the virus has been detected she has advised St Lucians to take the necessary precautions.

Dr Frederick stressed that poor water containment practices in some communities continues to be the main challenge. She says it is followed by improper disposal of used tires.

ZIKA virus is spread by the aides Egypti mosquito.
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