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Two more pregnant women confirmed with ZIKV

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 1:45 PM

The Health Ministry is reporting that two more pregnant women have been confirmed with the Zika virus (ZIKV).

This brings to four the total number of confirmed cases in pregnant women.

At the same time, the ministry is investigating 47 suspected ZIKV cases in expectant mothers.

Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland, says two of the confirmed cases were identified in St Catherine and the other two in Kingston and St Andrew.

Dr. Copeland has appealed to healthcare providers in both the public and private sector to heighten their surveillance of pregnant women who possible symptoms of the Zika Virus.

 

Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland

Zika is believed to cause microcephaly, which results in children being born with abnormally small heads.

Meanwhile, Dr Copeland says Jamaica has now recorded 24 laboratory-confirmed cases of the Zika virus.