Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says two pregnant women are among 16 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Jamaica.
Minister Tufton says up to May 29 this year medical personnel have reported 2,000 suspected cases of Zika.
The Minister made the disclosure today during a press briefing at the Health Ministry’s offices in New Kingston. Minister Tufton says of the 2,000 notifications for possible zika, more than 400 test results have been received. He says 16 cases have been confirmed.
The Health Minister disclosed that pregnant women are among the confirmed cases
According to Dr. Tufton – preliminary positive results for an additional six persons are now being re-tested at the UWI laboratory.
He says the sixteen persons who were confirmed to have contracted the Zika all have recovered.
Dr. Tufton says the country should be mindful of World Health Organization, WHO’s warning that a large number of the population is at risk despite the relatively low number of confirmed cases.
In the meantime, the Health Minister says several initiatives are being pursued to combat the Zika.
Minister Tufton says covering these drums are necessary.
He says tests done by the public health inspectors have revealed that up to seventy-five percent of the main breeding sites are drums which are used to collect water for domestic purposes.