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Two pregnant women test positive for Zika

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2016 | 12:26 PM
Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, is reporting that two pregnant women have tested positive for the mosquito borne Zika virus.

Tufton said the women are among 16 positive Zika cases so far in Jamaica.

However, he did not say where the women are from or when they tested positive.

But the health minister noted that all the affected persons have recovered.

He said the health ministry is continuously monitoring the pregnant women.


Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

Zika has been linked to two development conditions, microcephaly and Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS).

Microcephaly is where a child is born with abnormally small head and GBS is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system.

The health minister said there have been no confirmed cases of microcephaly.

He noted that a reported case of microcephaly was investigated and found to be negative for Zika.

However, Tufton said there have been seven cases of GBS, and the health ministry is monitoring the cases.


Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

The health minister said the ministry will be stepping up its intervention initiative for pregnant women, their partners and those who develop severe illnesses such as GBS.