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Health ministry probing potential case of mosquito-borne virus

Published:Monday | September 28, 2015 | 5:14 PM

The Health Ministry is investigating a potential case of a mosquito-borne viral illness.

It says samples from the affected patient have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to be tested for viruses, including dengue, chikungunya and zika.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, the ministry is taking the precaution to rule out the zika virus, in particular, which has never been identified in Jamaica or this region outside of Brazil.

She says the Ministry has heightened its response given that this is the period in which there is usually an increase in mosquito-borne illnesses.

Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr James Hospedales says the sample will be processed by tomorrow and the results should be available by Friday.