Jamaican scientists will be leading the way for the Caribbean in microcephaly research.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus is believed to be responsible for an increase in microcephaly in newborns in Brazil.

Microcephaly is a disease in which infants are born with abnormally small heads, which severely affects brain and bodily functions.

Chairman of the Zika TAsk Force at the University of the West Indies, Professor Clive Landis, says infectious disease experts, Celia Christie Samuels and her Jamaican colleague John Lindo, will lead pediatric monitoring.

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Professor Clive Landis was speaking at a press conference in Barbados this morning.