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Jamaica's productivity not significantly affected by Zika - PSOJ

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 6:23 PM
Mahfood says he has been hearing reports from his membership about absences because of Zika-like symptoms. However, the PSOJ president says the cases are not very severe.

President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) William Mahfood says the Zika virus (ZIKV) has not significantly affected the island's productivity.

There have been 21 confirmed cases of ZIKV and over 2,000 suspected cases.

Mahfood says he has been hearing reports from his membership about absences because of Zika-like symptoms.

However, the PSOJ president says the cases are not very severe.     

 

William Mahfood president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica
 

Mahfood says the outbreak of the chikungunya virus had a major impact on the sector’s productivity last year.

The symptoms of Zika are much milder than chikungunya.

Most persons who have the virus will have no symptoms. 

However, those who do have symptoms experience rash, red eyes, muscle pain weakness and general malaise.

The PSOJ president says the organisation will continue to monitor the situation. 

 

William Mahfood president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica