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How many more Zika infected persons slipped into VI?– Resident asks

There have been no reported cases of persons infected with Zika virus in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
This photo of Beenie Man was posted on Facebook on July 30, 2016, although it is not clear if it was taken before or after his performance at Rita Francis Festiville on July 29, 2016. Photo: Facebook
This photo of Beenie Man was posted on Facebook on July 30, 2016, although it is not clear if it was taken before or after his performance at Rita Francis Festiville on July 29, 2016. Photo: Facebook
Dr Ronald E. Georges, Health Disaster Coordinator, has claimed there have been no reported cases of Zika in the Virgin Islands. Photo: DDM
Dr Ronald E. Georges, Health Disaster Coordinator, has claimed there have been no reported cases of Zika in the Virgin Islands. Photo: DDM
Beenie Man performing at Rita Francis Festiville on July 29, 2016. Photo: VINO
Beenie Man performing at Rita Francis Festiville on July 29, 2016. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI – Following the recent revelation that self-proclaimed dancehall king Beenie Man, born Moses Davis, was allowed in the Virgin Islands despite being infected with the Zika virus, many are now asking how many others may have entered the territory with the virus.

This was the topic of discussion with this news site and an individual who claimed she was aboard the same flight with the artist when he came to the territory to perform at Rita Francis Festiville.

“He wasn’t his usual self, I am Jamaican and I know Beenie, he is a jovial person and he was not himself on that flight here,” claimed the woman.

She chose not to be named as she is a public servant.

VI not doing enough to protect its population?

The woman said she is convinced that not enough is being done to ensure that residents are protected from other communicable diseases entering the territory and put on blast Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ronald E. Georges who was reported in sections of the media as saying that the VI was not notified before the artist came.

“How come the other country found out? Beenie while on stage here kept saying that he was sick and our authorities didn’t bother to even double check. This is just to show how vulnerable we are here as border issues are not being properly handled here in the BVI especially as it relates to health matters,” alleged the woman.

Beenie Man had performed on stage at the Rita Francis Festiville on Friday, July 29, 2016, even after he was banned from entering Canada due to his infection. A few days later it was reported in at least one section of the media that the BVIHSA was not notified of the artist’s condition.

Mr Georges reportedly said, "As far as I am aware, there was no advanced notification to the Ministry of Health. Usually, if there is a concern or advanced notification, then Immigration will discuss with the Port Health Officer, who will then call the Ministry of Health. Occasionally, we will receive calls directly. We did not receive any calls in this case."

The local news site further reported Dr Georges saying that once the viremic stage has passed and the individual is not exhibiting symptoms and takes standard precautions, including mosquito repellants, then transmission to local mosquito population and public health risk are less likely.

“I would not be a dumb fool to say we are at the top of our game. We are not. There are many loop holes and if the authorities spend some more time listening to us nurses and other ancillary staff things will be much more improved,” said the woman.

No Zika infection reported in VI

In a press release issued on July 26, 2016, Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ronald E. Georges, had said that since the concerns surrounding Zika started there have been 14 persons who have fit the case definition for Zika and they have all tested negative.

“Recently we tested an individual who was in close proximity with two known positive cases from another territory and that individual tested negative,” Dr Georges had confirmed.

Meanwhile, Acting Chief Immigration Officer Ian B. Penn had said he was not aware of any policy in place that could restrict persons affected with Zika virus from entering the territory.

15 Responses to “How many more Zika infected persons slipped into VI?– Resident asks”

  • Fire Bun! (05/08/2016, 17:23) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let's keep playing with Fire! Step up on the borda.
  • Hmm (05/08/2016, 17:28) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Something doesn't add up. Bernie said he came here on a private plane, so this public servant happened to be on the private plane with him?
  • tretretrete (05/08/2016, 21:36) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    You all sure it is Zika Beenie man has? If anyone had unprotected sexual relations with Beenie man please call the HIV /sexual health hotline or report to the nearest health center. Zika is sexually transmitted as well as other SExually transmitted infections.
  • wize up (06/08/2016, 06:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    In 2016 and these kind of things still happening: what have the people of this territory done to deserve this....lack of running water; poor electrical supply; poor sewage system; lack of political accountability; dilapidated school structures and the list could go on and on:::: here we have a man with a communicable illness that was denied entry elsewhere BUT ended up in the territory and our healthcare system had no clue; if this guy was able to pull this off; how many other people have been allowed to do the same thing!!!!
    • the rock (06/08/2016, 09:02) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      To "wise up" Stop being ridicules, how can our authorities really stop Zika from entering the BVI, it can only be detected in its later stage or a mosquito can just fly over from St. Thomas and boom its here , lets take beanie man for an example--he was on his recovering stage, he had enough strength to hide his sickness, was smart enough to use a private plane to come here and perform without anyone knowing, by time we found out, he was already gone, now I think he beanie man should be ban for life from entering our shores, he put us all in danger, so the moral of this blog is--anyone can enter our territory with out being detected!
      • wize up (06/08/2016, 15:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ the rock....just a point of information... When my company bring any person into this territory to work one of the stipulations is for that person to do medicals; if you don't know ask somebody; the young man came to the BVI to work as in gainfully employed....what is so wrong with putting measures in place...I have no issue with Benie Man or Spider-Man(keep the faith!!!)
  • Zone (06/08/2016, 07:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So they let in HIV + people all the time whats new?
    • wize up (06/08/2016, 07:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ zone: you are right and I don't think it will be corrected anything soon
  • What STDS? (06/08/2016, 07:38) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some STDS are easily detected others are not. We must not only be aware of the Sexual Transmitted Diseases by Sexual Transmitted Demons as these are the ones that are not easily detected only by a strong strong strong Man of God and if you are covered by blood you may or may not be lucky. Let's walk in faith and in the light of this world as one dont have to be sexually active to contract any kind of STDS. Remember we are people and we are either of good, bad or ugly intentions and been victims of circumstances can hurt an entire population.
  • Mosquito face self (06/08/2016, 09:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think we all know that Beenie wasn't the first. But he too wicked cause he exposed many others to the zika virus. The girls dem sugar had a little extra essence yourself ladies
  • Boo (06/08/2016, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So all groupies should go and get tested now. Anyway what is madam Civil Servant suggesting? All visitors to the Territory should be stopped at the Ports and have blood tests before entering? The real story here is Beenie is a sly old dog who did what he needed to do to collect a cool 30 K. His scampish behind should now get a lifetime ban from entey into the BVI for irresponsibility
  • W*F (06/08/2016, 18:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    People really that stupid? Anyone visiting here on vacation dont have to walk with medicals so how the hell will authorities be able to stop zika? I think sometimes people will say the most $%^ stupidest things just to make the news.

    • wize up (06/08/2016, 20:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ WTF.....good point; classic example those cruise ships....9/10 usually have some kind of cough and smoking a set of cigarettes in public places....
  • Proactive (08/08/2016, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry but the bvi is not proactive we wait until something happen to step up to the plate. Not enough done to combat this problem. Listening to news all over you can hear what they are doing to help combat this virus but here little is been said and done. If I'm wrong I stand corrected.
  • what a mess (10/08/2016, 00:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    and you all want a bigger airport then you all will see things

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