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Zika virus town hall meeting in Half-Way Tree this evening

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 8:18 AM
Health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, and Kingston's Mayor, Dr Angela Brown Burke, are among officials expected to speak at the meeting.

The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and the South East Regional Health Authority are set to hold a town square meeting in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew this evening on the zika virus and other public health issues.

The meeting is to be held at Mandela Park, starting at 6 o’clock.

Health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, and Kingston's Mayor, Dr Angela Brown Burke, are among officials expected to speak at the meeting.

It is being held to outline the Preparedness and Response Plan for the zika virus as well as the responsibility of individuals in relation to these preparations.

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The meeting will also be used to provide information on the management of the ZIKV.

In addition, it will allow persons to get clarification on matters surrounding the virus and other public health issues.

The virus has not been detected in Jamaica but has been reported in Brazil.

The zika virus is mosquito-transmitted and considered to be a self-limiting virus meaning it does not have the long-term effects as chik-V.

In fact, it is said that one in four persons who become infected do not display any signs or symptoms.