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T&T-based CARPHA unable to do microcephaly testing, baby samples sent to US — Health Ministry

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 10:54 AM

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad is today expected to send samples taken from a Jamaican baby suspected to have Zika related microcephaly to the Centres for Disease Control in the United States for further testing.

Two weeks ago, the health ministry reported one probable case of microcephaly associated with Zika Virus Infection.

It said samples from the child and mother were sent to CARPHA for verification.

However, the health ministry says it has now been informed that these samples will be redirected to the CDC today for Plaque Reduction Neutralization Test.

It says this is because CARPHA is not currently able to carry out this test.

The health ministry says a report is expected within three weeks.

Meanwhile, the ministry says its approach to the management of the baby and family has not been impacted by the absence of the results and report from the CDC.

This is the first probable case of microcephaly reported to the MOH.

Microcephaly is a condition in which babies are born with small heads.