9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Dept. Of Health To Provide Pregnant Women With C.D.C. Zika Prevention Kits On March 4

Health / News / Virgin Islands / March 2, 2016

ST. CROIX — The Virgin Islands Department of Health on Tuesday received a shipment of Zika Prevention Kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the contents of which can be seen in this article’s feature image. D.O.H. said the kits were to be delivered to distribution points today and tomorrow on all three islands, and will be available to pregnant women free of charge beginning Friday, March 4.

“The kits include health education materials and prevention tools to help prevent Zika transmission to pregnant women. We know that Zika virus can be passed from a mother to her fetus during pregnancy. We are studying more about how Zika affects pregnancies, but because of the association between Zika infection and microcephaly (a birth defect in which the size of a baby’s head is smaller than expected for age and sex), pregnant women should take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” stated Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Jones

Items in the kits include educational materials in English and Spanish, EPA-registered insect repellent, permethrin spray repellent for treating clothing, condoms to avoid sexual transmission of Zika, a thermometer for women to screen themselves for symptoms, treatment tabs for preventing mosquitoes from breeding in standing water, and a bed net, according to a press release D.O.H. issued this afternoon.

The free kits will be available to pregnant women at the following locations beginning on March 4:

St. Croix    

  • Department of Health MCH Clinic     
  • Department of Health WIC Clinic
  • Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center    
  • Frederiksted Health Center       


St. John     

  • Health Care Connection  
  • Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center   

St. Thomas

  • Department of Health MCH Clinic (Pediatric)        
  • Department of Health Community Health Clinic (Prenatal)         
  • Roy Lester Schneider Hospital 
  • East End Medical Center

Sample kits are also being distributed to prenatal care practitioners, including local OB/GYN offices, to allow practitioners to counsel patients on prevention tools and educational materials included in the kit.

D.O.H. says its efforts to enhance surveillance and lab testing capacity continues, as well as its partnership with local healthcare providers. Health officials also say community education and outreach through the media and its social platforms will continue.

For local information about Zika virus, call the Department of Health Emergency Operations Center at (340) 712-6205. For more general information about the Zika virus call toll free: 1-800-CDC-INFO. 

Tags: , ,

Staff Consortium

Previous Post

Meet Kendell Henry, A Virgin Islander Who Wears Many Hats, Among Them Officiating Referee Of FIBA

Next Post

UVI Launches Construction Of School Of Medicine Facilities With Groundbreaking Ceremony

You might also like

Leave a Reply

More Story

Meet Kendell Henry, A Virgin Islander Who Wears Many Hats, Among Them Officiating Referee Of FIBA

In this week's I'm Making It Happen interview, Nykole Tyson talks with Kendell Henry, who has traveled to over 26 countries...

March 2, 2016