The Bahamas has been declared Zika-free by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The Bahamas has no known risk of Zika from mosquitoes," according to the CDC, which has removed the Bahamas from its list of locations where the Zika virus is being transmitted.

The Bahamas had been added to the list in August 2016, along with other Caribbean countries which still remain on the list, although the reports of Zika cases have fallen off drastically since the peak of the outbreak in 2016.

The Bahamas Ministry of Health confirmed that the last reported cases of Zika were in November 2016. Various government agencies in the Bahamas, including the Ministry of Health, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Health continue to operate surveillance program and mosquito management to prevent the threat of Zika transmission.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also downgraded the Bahamas from a Category 2 to a Category 3 on its Zika Virus (ZIKV) Classification Table, signifying that there have been no new cases of Zika identified in the Bahamas in the past 12 months.


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