Zika virus confirmed in Martinique
The mosquito-borne Zika virus is getting closer to Barbados with nearby French island, Martinique, becoming the latest Caribbean country to report confirmed cases.
That island is the 11th country in the region to confirm the disease, and 12th to confirm local transmission.
Last month CARPHA confirmed five cases of Zika in Suriname. Transmission of the virus has also been reported in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela.
Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.
Symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.