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Some rashes caused by bleaching not ZIKV - Clarendon health officials

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 9:45 AM
In this file photo a woman demonstrates how she bleaches her skin.

Health officials in Clarendon say a number of persons in the parish have mistaken rashes caused by skin bleaching as those caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV).

Clarendon is one of the parishes that has reported a high number of suspected Zika virus cases.

However, according to Acting Medical Officer for Clarendon Dr Fatoumata Fadji Sylla-Roberts after close examination, health officials have ruled out ZIKV in many cases as some rashes are caused by fungal infections as a result of skin bleaching chemicals.


Dr. Fatoumata Fadji Sylla-Roberts

Meanwhile, she says the Clarendon Health Department has been visiting schools and communities report large numbers of suspected Zika cases.

However, Dr Sylla- Roberts says the health staff is overwhelmed because they too have been affected by ZIKV-like symptoms.