Screen Zika Newborns for Arthrogryposis

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All newborns born to women infected with the Zika Virus should now be screened for bone and muscle problems.

That’s the conclusion from Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston de la Haye, following revelations that yet another disease has been linked to the Zika virus.

The condition is called arthrogryposis, a rare birth defect developed in the womb that causes joint and limb deformities and muscle weakness.

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The connection was recently observed in a very small study in Brazil.

Seven children, all born to women suspected of having the Zika virus, have developed the condition.

However, Dr. De la Haye says despite the small number of cases, it’s still of great concern.

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is again urging persons who’ve had the Zika virus to wait four to six weeks before donating blood.

Dr. De La Haye says this is in keeping with international standards and will ensure a reduction in the spread of the mosquito borne Zika virus.

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And, Dr. De La Haye is also providing an update on the number of suspected and confirmed Zika cases across the island, as of August 5.

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye was speaking on Nationwide This Morning.

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