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Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh
The President and Executive of the
Anjuman Sunnatul Jamaat Association, Ladies Section
cordially invite you to attend our
Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers
for Biennial Term 2016 - 2018
Date: - Sunday 31st January 2016
Time: - 10:00 am
Venue: - Our Headquarters - #5 Knaggs Street, Frederick
• Members are advised that membership fees are due at
($50.00 per annum).
• To confirm your attendance or for further information call
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"Invite as many sisters as you like to join us as we seek to achieve
our goals in promoting and propagating Islam, service to humani-
ty and inculcating the spirit of unity and sisterhood among our sis-
ters. Come and lets us share with you what we have done over the
last year and what our plans will be for the coming year, Insha
The United States is warning
pregnant women to avoid travel
to 14 countries and territories in
the Caribbean and Latin America
due to the mosquito-borne Zika
virus, linked to birth defects.
"The virus is spreading fairly
rapidly through the Americas," said
Lyle Petersen of the US Centres
for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We thought it was very impor-
tant to warn people as soon as
The level two travel alert applies
to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador,
French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Martinique, Mexico,
Panama, Paraguay, Suriname,
Venezuela and the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico.
"Pregnant women in any
trimester should consider post-
poning travel to the areas where
Zika virus transmission is ongoing,"
said the CDC.
Zika virus can cause fever, rash,
joint pain and conjunctivitis, with
symptoms usually lasting under a
week. But in pregnant women, the
virus can spread to the foetus and
cause brain shrinkage or death.
Along with a rise in Zika cases
in Brazil, more than 3,500 cases
of microcephaly have been docu-
mented in the country between
October 2015 and January. Four of
those cases have recently been
analysed, showing that babies were
infected with Zika virus while they
were in the womb and that it
reached their brains.
Experts say they don t know just
how much of an increase Brazil is
experiencing in microcephaly, but
that there is a rising number of
cases. The virus appears to destroy
brain tissue that had already
formed, resulting in smaller brain
sizes and birth defects. "Until more
is known, and out of an abundance
of caution, CDC recommends spe-
cial precautions for pregnant
women and women trying to
There is no vaccine to prevent
Zika and no medicine available to
treat it. (AFP)
Cases confirmed in Barbados
Barbados has recorded its first
three cases of the zika virus.
According to an official from the
ministry of health, of eight samples
sent to the Caribbean Public Health
Agency for testing, three were pos-
itive and five negative for the virus.
The zika infection is a mild,
febrile viral illness transmitted by
the bite of a virus-carrying Aedes
aegyti mosquito, the same mos-
quito that causes dengue fever and
The main symptoms are fever,
conjunctivitis, temporary arthritis,
mainly in the small joints of the
hands and feet, and a rash that
often starts on the face and spreads
throughout the body. In general,
symptoms are mild and last
between two and seven days.
Treatment is directed at alleviating
The public is advised that the
best way to prevent infection is to
minimise exposure to mosquito
bites by taking preventive measures
to reduce mosquito breeding.
Other important ways to avoid
infection include wearing protective
clothing, using mosquito repellents
with 30 per cent DEET concen-
tration; and sleeping under an
insecticide-treated bed net, espe-
cially during the day.
(Caribbean News Now)
Warning to pregnant
women over Zika virus
Luiza Arruda, from Brazil, was
born with a rare condition called
microcephaly. Luiza's mother,
Angelica Pereira, was infected
with the Zika virus. AP PHOTO
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