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UniFiji Presents Zika Symposium

UniFiji Presents Zika Symposium
The University Of Fiji
April 15
10:25 2016

The University of Fiji through their Umanand Prasad School of Medicine (UPSM) will be presenting a public symposium on Zika Virus at their Saweni Campus in Lautoka today.

The theme for the programme is ‘Responding to Zika Virus crisis: A public health emergency.’

UniFiji marketing co-ordinator Sangita Prasad said: “We appreciate the public to be part of this to take the message across to those who are not aware of the symptoms and how to prevent it.”

She said the Zika Virus; another deadly infection, was caused by a virus belonging to the Flaviviridae family.

“It is a zoonosis (an animal disease that can spread to humans) primarily transmitted by infected daytime biting female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes which are typically active from dawn to dusk.

“There is evidence that the Zika virus is also transmitted by other mosquitoes belonging to the Aedes genus and Fiji is now on the caution list with some other countries as well,” Ms Prasad said.

She said Dr Ram Raju, associate dean Dr Abhijit Gogoi, Associate Professor Dr Vincent Higgins were some of the speakers who would be presenting at the symposium.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services had earlier released a set of guidelines to avoid contracting diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya or even the Zika Virus.

The symposium is scheduled to take place from 2pm to 4pm today.


Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti


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