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Health Ministry monitoring 88 suspected Zika cases in pregnant women

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says the ministry is now monitoring 88 suspected cases of the Zika virus in pregnant women.

However, Dr Tufton says the number of confirmed Zika cases in pregnant women remains at four.

He says the infected women are in their second trimester.

IN PHOTO: Dr Christopher Tufton

The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than normal.

The Health Minister says the public health system is closely monitoring all pregnant women.


Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

Meanwhile, the health minister says there were 24 confirmed cases of Zika virus as at June 24. 

Tufton says eight cases are in St Catherine, one each in St Thomas and Clarendon, 12 cases in Kingston and St Andrew and two cases in persons with unknown addresses.

However, he says the health ministry has received 2,825 notifications for Zika virus of which 2,135 were identified as suspected cases.


Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton

Tufton was speaking this morning at a post-Sectoral Debate press conference.