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1,800 Portmore households visited since first ZIKV case identified

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Health officials have visited over 1,800 households in Portmore in St Catherine since the first case of the Zika virus was confirmed there over the weekend.

Health minister, Horace Dalley says the team interviewed 1,355 persons.

Dalley says blood samples have been taken for testing by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).


Health Minister Horace Dalley

The first confirmed case of the virus 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.

However, officials in Texas say the child did not contract the disease there.

Meanwhile, the health minister is reminding doctors and laboratoriesthat the Zika virus is a Class one notifiable disease.

As such, suspected cases of the disease must be reported to the Health Ministry within 24 hours.

Zika 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.