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ZIKV could affect 60 to 70 per cent of population – doctor

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 5:24 AM
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye.

The country’s Chief Medical Officer says 60 to 70 per cent of Jamaicans will get Zika virus (ZIKV).

De La Haye says Jamaicans have not yet developed an immunity to the ZIKV as it is new to the island.

According to him, with confirmed cases of the virus in Jamaica, ZIKV will have free reign as it spreads across the population.

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye

De La Haye says while the number of confirmed cases on the island remains at nine, there have been increases in reports of suspected cases in the last two weeks.

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye

He says the ministry has been carrying out blitz fogging exercises once these reports come in.

This entails targeted fogging of the communities 300 meters around the homes of the suspected cases for three consecutive nights a week, three weeks in a row.

However, De La Haye says fogging only kills 30 per cent of adult mosquitoes, so he’s appealing to persons to play their part by actively seek out and destroy breeding sites.