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Ja records first case of 'probable' Zika-related microcephaly

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 6:27 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye has confirmed the first case of what is being described as ‘probable’ Zika-related microcephaly in Jamaica.

The OBSERVER ONLINE has also learnt that the baby was born at the Victoria Jubilee hospital in December 2016 to a mother who presented symptoms of fever and rash throughout her pregnancy.

Contact has been made with Health Minister Christopher Tufton, but up to press time he has not responded.

Last year, the Health Ministry disclosed that all pregnant women would be tested for the Zika virus.


“When a woman is tested positive for being pregnant and she has to go through the initial stages of testing, we are going to require her to also do a Zika test, so that we can track, as part of the monitoring,” Tufton stated at a House of Representatives sitting in June.

The unborn child is at high risk of developing microcephaly once the pregnant woman has been infected with the Zika virus.

Microcephaly is an abnormal smallness of the head, which is associated with incomplete brain development.

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