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Jamaica to be updated today on ZIKV response

Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 10:07 AM

The Health Ministry is today expected to outline to the country, its plans and response strategies for the mosquito-borne, Zika virus (ZIKV).

Earlier this month, Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey, said the outbreak of the virus in Brazil poses a potential threat to Jamaica.

He said the ministry is taking the threat very seriously as the virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also carries the dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

The ministry had previously indicated that it would be rolling out an integrated vector control programme and a public education campaign on the disease.

It further said a clean-up programme would also be implemented.

The Opposition has called for a coordinated approach to preventing or minimising any outbreak of the ZIKV.

The threat of the new mosquito virus comes less than a year after the Chikungunya virus was declared an epidemic in the Caribbean and governments including Jamaica's were criticised for being ill-prepared.