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Health ministry conducts further tests on Zika-induced microcephaly sample

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:09 PM

The health ministry says further tests are being done on samples from the mother and baby in the first case of microcephaly caused by the Zika Virus.

In a release, the ministry said the samples which were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad have been redirected to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States for Plaque Reduction Neutralization Test. The samples will be sent to the CDC tomorrow, as CARPHA is not able to carry out the test.

The health ministry says a report from the CDC is expected within three weeks of the date the samples are received.

In the meantime, the mother and child continue to receive care from the Victoria Jubilee's psychological services unit. It says follow up visits will continue for as long as necessary.