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No laboratory-confirmed case of Zika Virus in Jamaica, Health Ministry insists

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 10:22 PM
Bullock-Ducasse ... anecdotal evidence is not sufficient to arrive at a conclusion that someone is infected with the zik-V.

The Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, is insisting that there is no laboratory-confirmed case of the Zika Virus in Jamaica.

Her assertion follows claims made today by medical doctor, Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips, who said she had contracted the virus and 12 of patients too.

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But Bullock DuCasse stresses that anecdotal evidence is not sufficient to arrive at a conclusion that someone is infected with the virus.

She notes that Zika Virus has similar symptoms as other viral diseases such as dengue fever and the Chikungunya virus.

The Chief Medical Officer says a person suspected to be infected with the Zika Virus would have to undergo the right laboratory tests for confirmation.

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse

In the meantime, the Chief Medical Officer says the St. Catherine Health Department is investigating the suspected cases.

She is appealing to doctors to inform the health ministry of suspected cases.

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse

Earlier today, Williams-Phillips said she did not need a laboratory test in Guyana or Trinidad and Tobago to diagnose an illness.