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Port detection of ZIKV still a challenge - Harvey

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 1:48 PM
Harvey ... surveillance at the ports of entry is not the ministry's main means of prevention. There will be efforts to control the mosquito population across the country.

The Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Kevin Harvey, says ZIKV detection at Jamaica's ports of entry will remain a challenge for health officials

According to him, some infected people may come into the island and go undetected.

Noting that the incubation period for the virus is between three and 12 days, Harvey said a person could be travelling from any of the affected country and then get sick later.

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Harvey says surveillance at the ports of entry is not the ministry's main means of prevention and pointed to efforts to control the mosquito population across the country. 

The Health Ministry is spending 200 million on ZIKV preparation.

The Zika virus has been identified in 19 countries in the Americas, including the Caribbean territories of Barbados and Guyana.