Test results from suspected microcephaly case inconclusive — De La Haye
Jerome Reynolds, Acting Assistant News Editor – Radio
Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye, says the Health Ministry is still treating as a probable case of Zika-related microcephaly a baby delivered in Kingston more than a month ago, after tests returned inconclusive results.
According to De La Haye, the ministry recently received the result of samples submitted a month ago to the United States-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
De La Haye says the result was positive for both the dengue and Zika viruses and so the case remains as a probable case of microcephaly.
The health ministry reported the probable case of Zika-related microcephaly in January.
Microcephaly is a medical condition that causes babies to be born with small heads and underdeveloped brains.
The health ministry reported that the child was delivered in December last year at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston noting that the child's mother reportedly developed symptoms of rash and high fever throughout her pregnancy.
The unborn child is at high risk of developing microcephaly once the pregnant woman has been infected with the Zika virus.
The Chief Medical Officer says the health ministry continues to provide support to the child and the parents.