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Health Ministry confirms two more ZIKV cases

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 3:05 PM
Dr Winston De La Haye ... a 20-year-old woman from Greater Portmore in St. Catherine has tested positive for the virus as well as a 12-year-old boy from St Thomas.

The Health Ministry is to hold an emergency press conference this afternoon following news that two more cases of the zika virus have been confirmed in Jamaica. 

This brings to three the total number of confirmed cases on the island.

The cases were confirmed by the National Virology Reference Laboratory, housed at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in Mona.

Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye says a 20-year-old woman from Greater Portmore in St. Catherine has tested positive for the virus as well as a 12-year-old boy from St. Thomas.

The first case of the virus was detected in January.

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

The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus a global public-health emergency, posing greater risk to infants, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with pre-existing medical conditions.

Among the complications that can develop from contracting ZIKV are birth defects in newborns, paralysis, neurological and autoimmune disorders, and death.

ZIKV is transmitted from human to human by the bites of infected mosquitoes of the Aedes species, particularly the Aedes aegypti, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya.

It can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse and blood transfusion.

Symptoms of ZIKV
1. Fever
2. Rash
3. Red eyes
4. Joint pains
5. Headache
6. Muscle pain
7. Swelling in lower limbs
8. Weakness
*There is no treatment for the virus, only the symptoms associated with it.