The Ministry of Public Works is advising that effective August 6, 2018, Blackwatch Pass will be closed to traffic so that construction works can be conducted. The closure will be for an extended period of time. While Blackwatch Pass is closed the public is encouraged to seek alternative routes to avoid delays.
Resources for travellers visiting Bermuda
Before you travel to Bermuda
- Health Insurance - before visiting Bermuda, all travellers should have adequate health insurance. Bermuda does not have universal care and travellers will be responsible for the cost of their healthcare while on the Island
- Immunisations - ensure your standard immunisations (MMR, Tetanus, Pertussis or whooping cough, DTaP/Tdap, Haemophilus B, Polio, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, Influenza) are up-to-date.
The Ministry of Health will publish Issue Briefs on specific topics as the need arises.
The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit helps to manage and monitor the status of health in Bermuda by:
- Regularly recording, interpreting, and reporting data that reflect the health of our community;
- Reviewing health problems and outbreaks; this includes chronic diseases, injuries, and social factors that influence health status
- Detecting and monitoring epidemics and public health emergencies.
- Providing health information upon request in a variety of formats.
The Ministry of Health and Seniors does not discuss the specifics of individual cases, but can confirm that there are several people who recently returned from overseas who are suspected of having Zika virus. Given that we have a population that travels frequently, this will occur from time to time.
Vector Control’s team is always checking properties to control mosquitoes in order to reduce the risk of onward transmission through mosquito bites. To protect oneself against any mosquito-borne illness, the public is reminded to:
Eliminating mosquito breeding sites, avoiding mosquito bites, and protecting pregnant women from Zika virus are the key messages of the inaugural Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, launched yesterday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the CARICOM Secretariat.
The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment would like to update the public on guidance recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the prevention of Zika Virus, a mosquito-borne illness that results in fever, rash and joint pains, among other symptoms.