Mosquito carrying Zika virus not present in UAE, says ministry

Awareness campaign on basic precautions to be launched

Dubai: The UAE Ministry of Health on Wednesday stepped in to allay public concerns on Zika virus outbreak and will launch an awareness campaign on the disease, an official said.
Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under Secretary for health centres and clinics at the Ministry of Health told Gulf News that the ministry will launch a campaign to educate the public.
A higher committee for disease control comprising all the health authorities of the UAE and the National Committee for Disaster and Emergencies met in Abu Dhabi recently to discuss the issue.
Dr Al Rand said: “We want to first allay the panic people have about the Zika Virus infection and tell them that the Aedes specie of mosquito that causes the infection is not present in our region."



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