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Health Secretary: 9 new Zika Cases Confirmed

By on February 12, 2016

SAN JUAN – In the latest arboviral report corresponding to epidemiological week No. 4 of the calendar year, nine cases laboratory-confirmed Zika virus cases were added, Health Secretary Ana Ríus Armendáriz announced Friday.

The health official emphasized that “the best form of prevention is using repellent and checking around the home to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites.”

Furthermore, the Health Department indicated that in epidemiological week No. 5 (Jan. 31 to Feb. 6) 1,482 influenza cases were reported on the island, with 52 hospitalizations registered.

State epidemiologist Brenda Rivera Garcia explained that the variant dominating right now is the H1N1 pandemic strain. “We continue to urge vaccination. The vaccine is available and is safe, do not wait any longer to get this protection,” she added.

The health professionals concluded their statement reminding of the following mass vaccination clinics:

– Feb. 18, San Juan, Coliseo Roberto Clemente

– Feb. 23, Toa Baja, Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló

– Feb. 25, Ponce, Salvador Dijols Court

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