Jamaica Aiming for Zika Vaccine in Months

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Chief Medical Officer, Winston De La Haye, says Jamaica’s National Institute for Health is working on a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus.

He says researchers are hoping to have a vaccine available locally within six months.

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Dr. De La Haye says suggestions that pregnant women infected with Zika should have an opportunity to get an abortion, are impractical.

That’s because microcephaly, the disease which causes babies to be born with underdeveloped brains, cannot be properly diagnosed until after birth.

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Meanwhile, Dr. De La Haye says the government has now acquired more accurate tests for the Zika virus.

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