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It is unlikely ZIKV is in Jamaica undetected - Health Ministry

Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 7:29 PM
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey says the health ministry is focusing on reducing mosquito breeding sites, to limit the spread of the virus if it does make its way to Jamaica.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey says it is unlikely that the zika virus (ZIKV) is in Jamaica undetected.

The Permanent Secretary has admitted that no testing is done at the island’s ports for the virus, which is transmitted by the aedis aegypti mosquito.

Harvey says persons travelling from affected countries would not automatically be tested.

He says these persons would only be tested once they start showing signs of illness.

Despite this, Dr Harvey says it is unlikely the virus has made its way to the country’s shores.

Harvey says the health ministry is focusing on reducing mosquito breeding sites, to limit the spread of the virus if it does make its way to Jamaica.   

 

Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr. Kevin Harvey speaking with the Gleaner/ Power 106 News Centre this morning