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ZIKV update: No new cases confirmed, total remains at six

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 12:13 PM

The Health Ministry says there have been no new confirmed cases of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica.

This means the number of confirmed Zika cases in Jamaica remains at six.

The last confirmed Zika case was found in Portmore in March after the health ministry submitted some 300 samples for testing.

Permanent Secretary in the health ministry Dr Kevin Harvey says the Virology lab at the University of The West Indies has not submitted any recent Zika cases from samples.

PHOTO: Dr Kevin Harvey

Harvey says the health ministry will inform the country about new Zika cases and the locations where they are discovered if more positive samples are found.

So far St Catherine and St Thomas are the only two parishes that have returned positive samples for the Zika virus. 

However, the health ministry has ramped up its efforts to destroy mosquito breeding sites in vulnerable communities.

The health ministry's initiative dubbed ‘Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy’ was launched in Manchester last Saturday.