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UPDATE: ZIKV press conference postponed

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 2:36 AM
Horace Dalley is to provide details about the ministry’s Zika virus preparedness and response.

The Health Ministry has postponed until tomorrow, a press conference to update the country on the state of preparedness for an outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica. 

The ministry confirmed Jamaica's first case on Friday. 

Dalley was to host a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister at 11 o'clock this morning. 

A statement from the ministry said Dalley would provide details about the ministry’s preparedness and response.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she will deliver a national address tomorrow on the Zika virus. 

The only confirmed case was a four-year-old child from Portmore, St Catherine, who has now recovered.

The ministry said the child began showing symptoms on January 17 after returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.

Jamaica has been on alert for ZIKV following the spread of the virus throughout the Americas. 

The virus has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads. 

The virus has also been linked to a syndrome which causes paralysis.