Jamaica Records 5th Confirmed Zika Case

There has now been a fifth confirmed case of the Zika virus in Jamaica.

This is up from the four announced by the Health Ministry last Friday. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Hay, has confirmed the new case.

On Friday, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said the Ministry has increased vector control and fever surveillance activities in areas where Zika cases have been detected.

Greater Portmore and Christian Meadows in St Catherine, and Lyssons in St Thomas have been identified as the areas where persons infected by Zika were based.

Dr. Tufton says the public fever monitoring programme along with Zika education activities have been intensified.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton says medical practitioners have been rushing to get the flu vaccines following news that six persons have died of the H1N1 virus.

Two medical doctors are among those who’ve died. Dr. Tufton says nearly all the 5-thousand vaccines brought in so far, have been used.

And the Opposition People’s National Party, the PNP, is this afternoon expressing concern about the increase in confirmed cases of the Zika virus and the H1N1 health threat.

Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley, is appealing to all Jamaicans to do what they can to eliminate the mosquitoes who carry the Zika virus.

According to Mr. Dalley it’s now clear to him that there are now locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus.

But Mr. Dalley says he has confidence in medical practitioners and administrators across the country that they are able to contain the virus.

The former Health Minister is urging persons to put more effort in assisting to contain the spread of Zika and the H1-N1 viruses.

The Opposition Spokesman says he and Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton will be meeting tomorrow to discuss matters concerning the portfolio – including the H1-N1 and Zika public health threats.

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