ZIKV case confirmed in local lab ruled negative in Trinidad
The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has disclosed that a case of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus was confirmed in Jamaica a month ago.
However, MAJ president, Dr Myrton Smith, says the case which tested positive at the Caribbean Genetics (CARIGEN) laboratory was ruled negative when it was tested at the Caribbean Public Health Agency based in Trinidad and Tobago.
Smith notes that CARIGEN, based on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, is not an approved facility for ZIKV testing.
There’s no confirmed case of ZIKV in Jamaica although the World Health Organsiation has said the virus will spread to all countries in the region.
Meanwhile, the medical association president says health practitioners are forced to report all cases which show symptoms of the disease.
Dr Smith notes that ZIKV is a Class One reportable disease in Jamaica meaning that health providers have a duty to report suspected cases to the health ministry through the ministry of health.
The MAJ says even as the ministry awaits test results, data from suspected cases are being used to target communities for mosquito control measures.