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Mystery illness affecting Linstead residents

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Residents of Linstead, St Catherine, are expressing concerns about what they say is the emergence of a mystery illness that is affecting members of the community.

The residents, who participated in a Zika awareness forum at the St Helen Church Hall in Linstead on Thursday night, said they want the Ministry of Health to carry out tests to determine the nature of the illness.

According to residents, a number of children have been affected by this illness that shows symptoms, some of which are similar to the Zika virus.

"My two daughters came down with it. They had running nose accompanied by fever and rash. I took them to the doctor and was told that it was not Zika," declared Victor Rose, councillor for the Threadways division.

"I was further advised by my family doctor that no determination could be made as to the origin or nature of this illness and no known test to determine this."

Member of Parliament for North East St Catherine Robert Pickersgill, while acknowledging that it was spoken about in Parliament, declined to comment, suggesting that it was one for health officials to address.

"What I will do is invite capable persons from the Ministry of Health to come to another forum and address the issue," he told the gathering.