Cook Islands Community Health Services director Doctor Neti Herman told CINews that we do not have any suspected cases of the virus in the country.
After Samoa and American Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga has reported Zika cases of 549 up to Monday, including seven cases that were confirmed by laboratory blood tests.
“As of today (yesterday), there are still no case(s) of Zika reported here in Rarotonga or the outer islands,” Herman said.
“However, we must not be complacent, but be proactive in putting in place prevention programmes.
“For example, we have been using media programmes such as TV, radio and print media. We have also the roll over TV programme that we now have at the airport which we are targeting visitors arriving from overseas.
“We are also continuing with our border control measures at the airport and working in partnership with our customs and immigration staff at the airport.”
The ministry has also been considering reactivating Operation Namu and have submitted a proposal to the Cabinet for its approval.
Operation Namu is a nationwide fight against mosquito-bourne diseases which involves cleaning the mosquito breeding and resting sites.
It proved the most effective means to fight dengue outbreak which claimed some lives in 2002.
The approval from cabinet will allow public servants to participate in this mass clean-up programme with the private sector and the community.
“So as soon as we have confirmed the plan, we will announce the date and the details of the planned activities.
“In the meantime, we are still encouraging people to clean up around their homes and villages.
“I have also indicated during our key stakeholders meeting last week that our emphasis is on preventive measures that is, in keeping the Zika virus away from our shores, and we want our people to know that we the Ministry of Health cannot do this alone.
“We need our parents, families, traditional leaders, churches, communities, Members of Parliaments and Government. We need everyone’s input in keeping this virus away.”
Herman and her team are monitoring the situation in neighbouring countries with the World Health Organisation (WHO) providing daily updates on the Zika status in the region and around the globe.
Zika virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito from the Aedes genus, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions.
This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever and is present in the Cook Islands.
WHO says while there is currently no vaccine available for Zika virus disease, it is usually relatively mild and requires no specific treatment.
But an outbreak in Latin America of Zika has been linked to an increase in the number of babies being born smaller-than-usual brains and heads.