Zika No Longer a Concern for Saint Lucia

Press Release:-  Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is celebrating the news that the Zika virus has been interrupted on Saint Lucia. That means scientists have determined the virus is no longer present and travelers, including pregnant women, can visit the destination with no known risk of getting Zika from mosquitoes.  The announcement came from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) which said the last reported case of the Zika virus disease on Saint Lucia was in February 2017 – 18 months ago.

In a statement issued on Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Saint Lucia noted that, while mosquito-borne diseases are a concern, “in the case of Zika virus disease, the country’s last case was diagnosed greater than 1 year ago, in spite of continuous surveillance and testing for this disease.” The statement continued by saying “Given that Zika virus disease has not been detected in over a year in many Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Public Health Agency has indicated that Zika virus transmission has been interrupted in the Caribbean and that risk of transmission is very low.”

Acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Tiffany Howard said this development will have a very positive impact on Saint Lucia’s tourism product. “Visitors, who were concerned about travelling to Saint Lucia because of Zika, now have the assurance that Saint Lucia has managed the situation effectively. Therefore, there is no need for worry about visiting the island. And what better time to come than now, when we have so many exciting things to do, see and experience on our inspiring destination.”

Some visitors from the island’s major source markets had put off trips to the destination due to concerns about the Zika virus, especially couples who were thinking about getting pregnant. However, with the announcement by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, travellers can now rethink their decision to stay away and experience Saint Lucia – renowned as one of the world’s most romantic and attractive destinations.

The Department of Health and Wellness has implemented a number of strategies to reduce the impact of Vector Borne Diseases (VBDs) and properties on the island continue to be pro-active in reducing the presence of mosquitos so their guests can enjoy a wonderful stay.

2 Comments

  1. nudge
    August 26, 2018 at 6:50 am Reply

    The SLTA press release should have been more accurately titled, “Zika Hoax Can Extort No Trace of Blood from St. Lucia Stone”, so the SLTA were given relief from the international shake-down!

    Find out who owns the patent for the Zika virus!
    Find out who owns the patent for the mosquitoes specifically bred for spreading the virus.
    Find out who owns the patent for the patent for Zika vaccines.

    Only then will you understand the extent of the failed Zika extortion racket!

  2. Ron
    September 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Now that the prime minister has sold what little soul he had to the devil the island has been given a reprieve from Zika in exchange for local people losing their land and natural beauty and resources to foreigners who do not care about the island. They love the idea of having all these beautiful things and have the locals wait on them on hands and foot saying yes Sir and no maam like slavery days.

    Now the Brits and other UN countries want want to come in with a race course that no one wants, on a Christian island that does not believe in betting which will only bring crime of the worst kind. Drugs, prostitution, guns etc. Lucians wake up you are having your lands invaded right under your nose. You don’t need handouts and you don’t need tourism!! You have the natural resources. Use that. Trade with other islands and africa to better our lands.

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