Guyana government concerned about Zika travel advisory

Health Minister Dr. George Norton

Health Minister says “no need for alarm”

Government officials have expressed concern about being placed on a travel advisory watch list from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At an emergency meeting of stakeholders on Friday, Public Health Minister Dr. George Norton said there is no need for alarm as only one case has been confirmed here.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has listed Guyana among 24 countries, (including Caribbean nations) where the Zika Virus exists.

According to Norton, the  only victim is currently under an intense medical watch while family members continue to be monitored.

Citizenship Minister Winston Felix has also assured Guyanese that there is nothing to fear from the spread of the virus in Eastern Brazil, stating that persons from that part of Brazil hardly travel to Guyana, which is located to the north of Brazil.

It was also emphasized that port health authority has been strengthened at both the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and at the Ogle International Airport.

Concerning arrivals and tour cancellations, Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes said Guyana has not seen a reduction either.

Norton told reporters that work continues to rid the country of mosquito breeding sites and t he government to declare Guyana Zika Free in the near future.



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