PM calls for swift action to stop zika virus entering Antigua-Barbuda

Twelve government officials and two managers from a regional airline were invited to Cabinet on Friday to address the challenge posed by the zika virus, and the implementation of the national plan of defence, which the Antigua and Barbuda government articulated a week ago.

The outbreak of the zika virus in the hemisphere has generated a great deal of anxiety throughout the Caribbean and the Americas, since the virus threatens to undermine development, while causing many families great distress.

The zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease that is very much like dengue; it is painful to the joints, causes high fever, and can even cause its victims to suffer paralysis or death.

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