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Fifth ZIKV case confirmed

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:16 PM

The Health Ministry says the number of confirmed cases of the zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica has now gone up to five.

On Friday, the ministry confirmed three new cases, which brought the number of cases to four.

However,  Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, told Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning that another case has been confirmed since then.

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye.

The ministry says it has increased vector control and fever surveillance activities in areas where the new cases of the virus have been detected.

The areas are Greater Portmore and Christian Meadows in St Catherine, and Lyssons in St Thomas.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said the public health team is undertaking fever monitoring and contact investigation in the affected communities, as well as public education.