Published On: Tue, Feb 2nd, 2016

Minister asks two weeks to answer questions while Zika cases are on the rise

ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – The Minister of Public Health, Siegfried Victorina of the ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS) has asked the Parliament of Curaçao two weeks respite to answer questions asked by MPs about the Zika virus on the island. The questions were asked during an emergency meeting of parliament.

The Minister asked to do so on the day the World Health Organization (WHO) described the Zika-virus outbreak as an international emergency.

The Minister did inform the MPs that in Curaçao there are now four Zika cases registered; two persons were respectively in Suriname and Colombia. The other two were infected on the island.

In his introduction, the Minister also indicated that there are risk areas on the island. He did not specify where these areas are located.

Now that Curaçao has four Zika cases registered, it has been placed on the list of 24 countries where the disease is present, according to the Minister.

In his introduction, the Minister informed parliament about the measures taken. 98,000 houses were inspected since the beginning of this year. 19,000 of these houses serve as potential breeding grounds. In slightly less than 3,000 houses, there were already talks of breeding grounds. 60 health care institutions and 128 schools were also inspected.

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