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Microcephaly registry established

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 6:28 AM

Jamaican health officials have set up a registry to record and monitor microcephaly cases.

Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes abnormally small heads in newborns and has been known to affect brain development.

Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey says prior to the Zika outbreak, which has been linked to the birth defect, microcephaly cases were not centrally reported in Jamaica.

 

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey speaking at a press conference yesterday

The Permanent Secretary says health officials are now on the lookout for such cases which will be recorded in the registry.

 

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kevin Harvey speaking at a press conference yesterday

Yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton confirmed that a baby was recently born locally with microcephaly.

However, he says that case was not caused by ZIKV. 

Two pregnant women have tested positive for the Zika virus and are now being monitored by the ministry.