Canadian gov’t issues travel advisory to Dominica because of Zika

Ziak is transmitted by the Aedes Egypti mosquito
Zika is transmitted by the Aedes Egypti mosquito

The Canadian government has warned its citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution” when traveling to Dominica because of the presence of the Zika Virus on the island.

The travel advisory was also issued to eight other CARICOM countries because of the virus.

Pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant were told they should avoid traveling to Dominica.

“If travel cannot be avoided or postponed strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed due to the association between Zika virus infection and increased risk of serious health effects on their developing foetus,” the travel advisory states.

In March this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States added Dominica to the list of countries that some US citizens were advised to avoid amid the spread of the Zika virus.

However, Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge said he was “not very concerned” about the effect of such an advisory on the local tourism industry.

Dominica announced its first confirmed case of the disease on March 15, 2016.

The other CARICOM countries on the advisory are Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Zika is caused by a virus which is primarily spread by the bite of an Aedes Egypti infected mosquito. It can also be transmitted from an infected pregnant woman to her developing foetus. In addition, Zika virus can be sexually transmitted, and the virus can persist for an extended period of time in the semen of infected males.

Symptoms of Zika virus can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis and skin rash, along with joint and muscle pain. The illness is typically mild and lasts only a few days and the majority of those infected do not have symptoms. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against Zika virus infection although trials are underway.

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  1. shay
    September 1, 2016

    Screw Canada! They quick to call out other places just like they put a warning out for people traveling to St.Lucia because of crime against tourist they say. I hope Canada don’t have a single case.

    August 31, 2016

    :?: robber tongue, you need to resign forthwith! How can you make such a statement that you are not very concerned about the travel advisory made against Dominica? As tourism minister, this is not becoming of the office you hold and not diplomatic! Saying that you are not very concerned, means you don’t care whether visitors comes to the island or not! Therefore, what is your reason for being tourism minister :?: Wonder we are not surprised with your affiliation with incompetent rogues and thugs posing as government with a prime mistake! This is incompetence at its highest!

  3. Sout' Rebel
    August 31, 2016

    This is Economic sabotage…,biological warfare that is being unleashed on “poor and dependent” African people world wide. It is the ” Final Solution” by the promoters of the “New Economic Order”, the non melanin people of the world. African people take heed.

  4. weypapa/mama
    August 31, 2016

    It\’s good that Canada knows that we exist. Now we de people can start begging them for money. Many Canadians now have Dominica passport – Now they are hearing our Island is full of Mosquitoes with Zika, they may ask de \”AM\” for their money to be refunded to them. :lol:

    • September 1, 2016

      The Canadian Government don’t believe in dishing out their tax payers funds for nonsense they do not believe in begging, In disasters they contribute like when Erika touch down in Dominica but they are very responsible elected representatives that care and put their people first.

  5. STAR
    August 31, 2016

    lol.. like really.. u want to alienate the people of DOMINCA for whatever reason.. dont use zika.. because Dominica is not the only country with zika.. What about all the other big places that is infested.. what ever your political reasons for trying to fear people from coming to Dominica, dont use zika.. smh

  6. weypapa/mama
    August 30, 2016

    Soon, when the Zika will take over; everybody will have to dress like de Moslims, and tie their head with de Hijab.

  7. Pure Possie
    August 30, 2016

    But I thought Zika was dead in Dominica. Dominica still has zika then?

    DNO directly under the photo of the mosquito you have this: “Ziak is transmitted by the Aedes Egypti mosquito.” I’m quite you meant to say “Zika” but you typed “ZIAK”

  8. weypapa/mama
    August 30, 2016

    \”Zika is caused by a virus which is primarily spread by the bite of an Aedes Egypti infected mosquito. It can also be transmitted from an infected pregnant woman to her developing foetus. In addition, Zika virus can be sexually transmitted, and the virus can persist for an extended period of time in the semen of infected males.\” :twisted: ZIKA IS A MAN MADE VIRUSE AS THE AIDS VIRUS IS. IT\’S JUST A TYPE OF WARFARE USED – IT ALSO FREE-UP MORE FUNDS (MONEY) FOR AGENCIES AND DRUG COMPANIES. NOW THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE YOU LIVE WITH THE AIDS VIRUSE WHICH IS PROFITABLE FOR THEM, AS YOU KEEP TAKING (BUYING) THE DRGS TO KEEP YOU ALIVE. IF YOU DIE THEY DON\’T MAKE MONEY SELLING THE DRUGS WHICH WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE. BABIES WITH BIG BRAINS??? :lol: :lol: :lol: BOY LOOK THEY ARE CREATING FRANKENSTIEN. MAD SCIENTISTS COULD KILL LIFE ON EARTH QUICKER AND FASTER THAN RUSSIA, CHINA AND AMERICA. LOOK NOW MAN IS AFRAID OF A LITTLE MOSQUITOE; Eh!!

  9. Pastor Jonathan Angel
    August 30, 2016

    There you go! For a ‘virus’ that was patented by the Rockefeller Foundation back in 1947 on behalf of the US government and until recently could be purchased online!!

    Now the so-called ‘virus’ not only shrinks your babies head, but is also transmitted via mosquitoes and semen!!!!!

    Folks, unless you do what the US wants folks, be assured that be it Zika, Yellow Fever, or whatever, they WILL get you. What do the want?

    To shut us down economically
    stop us from having kids
    keep on poisoning us using ‘zika’
    eventually exterminate us all.

    All in the name of Satan!! May you truly evil people suffer the wrath of the one and only Jesus Christ our Saviour.

  10. dissident
    August 30, 2016

    Robbie you not very concerned eh!
    That’s it?
    I think Dominica is to difficult for DLP to manage!
    Be careful of the friends and company you keep!

  11. August 30, 2016

    Miami Florida have more cases of Zika than Dominica, I am not hearing any bans issued for the most popular spot “south beach” SMH

    • Barbara Saunders
      September 1, 2016

      Big Pete

      I was just about to write a comment indicating that I hope I will also see an advisory to limit visits to Florida because based on the reports ZIKA is spreading rapidly in that State and I am sure in other US States as well.

      I guess we can’t fight the big guns.

      To those who use every opportunity and every negative comment about Dominica to gloat and spew negativity, have anyone ever heard a Jamaican outside of
      Jamaica or inside for that matter try to bring down Jamaica?

      That’s a country with one of the worst crime rates in the Caribbean and pockets of extreme poverty but a Jamaican is not going to help you with that. Just see the pride and joy with Bolt’s performance in Rio, even those of us who are not Jamaican did not have a choice but be proud to be associated with that country by geography.

      When will some Dominicans learn that there is nothing beneficial to be gained by joining others to destroy Dominica or by doing it themselves?

      • Barbara Saunders
        September 1, 2016

        Correction — “has anyone”

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