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Serious discussions on the Zika virus at committee meeting

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On Friday afternoon, the Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee on Mosquito-borne Diseases convened for an epidemiological update on both the Zika virus and Dengue fever.

According to Hong Kong’s Information Services Department, members deliberated on how to strengthen mosquito control measures by government departments and their contractors.

Committee members suggested that engaging the whole community to implement vector control in households, housing estates, construction sites, institutions and schools, workplaces, public areas and the environment, can significantly mitigate the spread of the virus.

Dr. Leung Ting-hung of the Centre for Health Protection stressed that the most important protective measures against Zika virus are mosquito control, particularly in environments where high-risk individuals live and work. Everyone, especially pregnant women, must take personal protective measures against bites.

Visitors arriving in Hong Kong from affected regions are urged to apply insect repellent for at least two weeks after arrival. Dr. Leung added that DEET-containing insect repellents are safe and effective.

The outbreak of Zika fever began in April 2015, and by the end of January 2016, an estimate of more than 1.6 million cases of active transmission had been reported.

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