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The number of confirmed Zika cases in St Lucia has climbed to four.

The announcement came from health officials in the Ministry of Health on Wednesday April 13, after the Office of the Chief Medical Officer was informed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of two additional cases.

The patients are both female residing in separate locations within Saint Lucia. Officials say the two cases seem unrelated, adding that the Ministry of Health are currently undertaking a full epidemiological investigation.

Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Sharon Belmar George has reminded the public to adopt and maintain measures to reduce exposure to this mosquito borne virus.

Dr George has cautioned that while four cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed she is not ruling out the possibility that there may be more undiagnosed cases here. This comes on the basis that not all infected carriers show symptoms.

The first two cases of the Zika Virus Disease was announced on Wednesday April 8, 2016. The public will be kept updated by the Ministry of Health on progress in managing the response to Zika Virus Disease in country.
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