The threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has caused the Ministry of Health to intensify its monitoring of visitors to the island.

This, according to the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse.

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Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse, the acting Chief Medical Officer.

She says it’s not yet confirmed whether Zika has entered the Caribbean.

Last week, media reports said a young girl in the Dominican Republic had contracted the virus.

But Dr Ducasse says that has still not yet been confirmed with lab tests.

In the meantime, the Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says he’ll be collaborating with other Ministries in a national clean up to destroy the breeding sites for mosquitoes that spread deadly viruses, including Zika.

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Dr Ferguson is also urging citizens to clean up their homes to destroy mosquito breeding sites.

He points out that the government has also changed its approach to educating the country about mosquito-transmitted viruses.

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