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Baby born with microcephaly, Health Minister says not Zika related

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2016 | 9:31 AM
Tufton promised to reveal further details about the child's condition today.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has confirmed reports that a new-born baby was recently diagnosed with microcephaly in Jamaica.

Tufton promised to reveal further details about the child's condition at a press conference scheduled for 10 this morning.

However, he told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that doctors have confirmed that the baby's condition was not caused by the Zika virus.


Health minister Dr Christopher Tufton

The health minister says the baby was born in western Jamaica.

He maintains that Zika wasn't the cause of the microcephaly as the child was conceived before Zika became a threat to Jamaica.

The health ministry has advised women to delay pregnancy until Zika is no longer a threat to Jamaica.

The National Family Planning board has also increased its procurement of contraceptives, but has reported that there hasn't been an increase in the demand for contraceptives.