All Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Other Neurological Conditions that may be Related to Zika Virus Infection are to be Reported on Suspicion

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  • As part of its overall surveillance of Zika and Zika related effects, the Ministry of Health has indicated that all Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Neurological conditions that may be related to Zika Virus infection are to be reported on suspicion as they may be related to Zika virus infection.

  • Individuals who wish to obtain more information may call the Ministry of Health or the nearest health centre

As part of its overall surveillance of Zika and Zika related effects, the Ministry of Health has indicated that all Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Neurological conditions that may be related to Zika Virus infection are to be reported on suspicion as they may be related to Zika virus infection. Zika virus infection remains a Class 1 notifiable disease and all suspected cases are to be reported to the Parish Health Department or the National Surveillance Unit at the Ministry of Health.

This recommendation, which forms part of the clinical management and surveillance guidelines, was reiterated by the Expert Group on Children of Mothers with Suspected/Confirmed ZikV Infection at their second meeting on Wednesday September 14, 2016. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton said “this is just one of the many recommendations that will be monitored by this expert group and the expectation is that by the end of September 2016 the capacity of the  public health system will be increased to deal with babies born with Microcephaly and other Neurological disorders”.

The Expert Group was formed as part of the Ministry of Health’s response to managing Zika related birth defects. The group consists of a Neuro Psychologist, Paediatirc Psychologist, Child Psychiatrist, Paediatric Neurologist, Behavioral Paediatrician, Paediatrician and an Early Childhood Education Specialist.

A further division of the group has been done to have smaller groupings that will focus on Neurodevelopment, Psychosocial support, Education and Intervention, Diagnostics, Obstetrics, Research and Budget Support.

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