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Jamaica added to US Zika travel advisory list

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 12:13 PM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added Jamaica to its Zika travel advisory list. 

The addition of Jamaica to the list follows confirmation last week by Jamaica authorities of a case of the Zika virus. 

The child who was diagnosed with the disease has now recovered. 

However, the Health Ministry says it has sent several samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad and Tobago for testing. 

The CDC travel advisory also urges pregnant women to take extra precautions when travelling to Jamaica. 

The virus is being linked to microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.