DOMINICA

Dominica confirms first case of Zika virus

March 15, 2016

Health Minister Dr Kenneth Darroux today confirmed the island's first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus saying that the patient “does not have any history of travelling outside of Dominica.

 

In a statement, Dr Darroux said that the patient has since recovered “and all immediate contacts have so far been deemed healthy. “To date, a total of 13 samples have been tested for Zika virus with only one being positive,” he said, telling citizens “there is no need for alarm”.

 

Since the first case of the virus was recorded in 2015, it has steadily spread to 36 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean including Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica as well as Guyana and Suriname.

A DROP of marine life in Dominica

March 16, 2016

Smithsonian Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) scientists have spent six days exploring the diversity of marine life off northwest Dominica to depths of 300 m (1,000 ft.).

 

The scientific team comprised specialists of fishes, crabs and other crustaceans, sponges, corals, hydroids, mollusks, and algae. In six days of submersible diving, along with snorkeling or scuba diving on a few shallow sites, the team collected nearly 2,000 specimens of marine life for scientific study.

 

Among the collections are many apparently new species, lots of rare species, and numerous species not yet recorded from the eastern Caribbean. For most specimens, in addition to preserving the whole specimen for future scientific study, a small piece of the body was removed and preserved specifically for DNA analysis back in the Smithsonian’s Laboratory of Analytical Biology in Washington, DC. Detailed study of the preserved specimens and analysis of their DNA will help DROP biologists better understand exactly what species they collected.

Douglas Charles Airport flooded

March 15, 2016

The Douglas Charles Airport, located in Melville Hall, has been flooded.

 

The Melville Hall River has breached its banks and flooded sections of the roadway in front the airport. The airport was also  severely damaged by flooding during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in August last year.

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