700 Suspected Cases of Zika Virus

by May 5th, 2016

The Health Ministry says there are some 700 suspected cases of the Zika Virus reported across the island.

However, only 8 cases have been confirmed since the Virus was detected in Jamaica in January.

Cases have only been confirmed in three parishes, Kingston, St Catherine and St Thomas.

In an interview with IRIE FM News, Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland says although there are notifications from every parish, a lot of the cases have tested positive for Dengue and not the Zika Virus.

She explains that there have been notifications of the Zik-V from every parish because persons are reporting similar symptoms to that of Chik-V, and Dengue.

However, Dr Copeland explains that when the samples are collected and tested it shows that it is Dengue that has been heightening concerns

Some 400 samples have been collected to be tested for Zika, Chik-V, and Dengue.

Dr Copeland adds that more confirmed cases of the Dengue have been reported.

She says Vector Control activities that have been ramped up for the Zika Virus over the past few months have helped to stem further cases of the Dengue Fever.

Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland.