While you certainly need to use mosquito repellant in Saint Lucia, one thing you need not worry too much about is the risk of contracting the Zika virus.
On August 24, 2018 the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA reported case of the Zika virus disease on Saint Lucia was in February 2017 and there has been continuous surveillance and testing since then without a case being detected. That means scientists have determined the virus is no longer present and travelers, including pregnant women, can visit the destination with no known risk of getting Zika from mosquitoes.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency has indicated that Zika virus transmission has been interrupted in the Caribbean and that risk of transmission is very low.”
Acting CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Tiffany Howard said this development will have a very positive impact on Saint Lucia’s tourism product. “Visitors, who were concerned about travelling to Saint Lucia because of Zika, now have the assurance that Saint Lucia has managed the situation effectively. Therefore, there is no need for worry about visiting the island. And what better time to come than now, when we have so many exciting things to do, see and experience on our inspiring destination.”
Saint Lucia, renowned as one of the world’s most romantic and attractive destinations, is looking forward to welcoming honeymooners, bride and grooms and everyone with romance on their mind!
The Department of Health and Wellness has implemented a number of strategies to reduce the presence of mosquitoes around the island and properties on the island continue to be pro-active in reducing the presence of mosquitos so their guests can enjoy a wonderful stay.
For more information on the Zika virus contact the office of the Chief Medical Officer at (758) 468-5309.
For a great natural repellent – try NatMed products available in most hotels, supermarkets and drug-stores: Apply natural repellants often and wear light clothing that covers, especially at dusk and dawn to reduce the likelihood of getting bitten.