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Zika cases increased to 47 on Dutch side compared to 160 on French side --- Citizens have to be more proactive in reducing mosquito breeding grounds.

mosquito27042015PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister of Health Emil Lee announced on Wednesday that the amount of Zika cases have increased to 47 confirmed cases on the Dutch side compared to 160 on the French side. The Minister said that he has called on the citizens of the community to try and get rid of mosquito’s breeding grounds. He said he also said that St. Maarten does not have all the resources necessary to fight the spreading the Zika and as such he is depending on the citizens to monitor and to get rid of the breeding grounds for mosquitoes, especially during the rainy season. The Minister said that CPS is working diligently on a plan which involves the production of videos to educate the population. Minister Lee said while in Aruba he also discussed how that country is fighting the Zika virus. 

PHILIPSBURG:---“The war on Zika is a war on mosquitos, and our experience so far is that the population isn’t as engaged, knowledgeable, and proactive as they should be said Minister of Public health Emil Lee during Wednesday's council of Minister's press briefing.

The Ministry of Health has been regularly publishing articles instructing people on the importance of eliminating breeding sites for disease spreading mosquitos. Minister Lee is asking the citizens of St. Maarten for their active help in eliminating breeding grounds around their homes and neighborhoods.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) reports that there are now 47 confirmed Zika cases on the Dutch side, and 160 confirmed cases on the French side.

“We are in our rainy season, therefore, citizens need to be more vigilant than ever. There are still way too many examples where residents and businesses are not being proactive enough in helping to eliminate breeding grounds in the community” said Minister Lee

The Ministry has developed some Zika informational videos in cooperation with Curacao, which will soon be made public. The CPS is working on a comprehensive prevention plan using all tools available to control this disease vector.

“ Ultimately, if we don’t eliminate our own breeding grounds, it will end up being a problem for the whole population. Government simply doesn’t have the resources to eliminate these mosquitos without the help of everyone” said Minister Lee.

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