Zika Update as at August 05, 2016

Story Highlights

  • On February 1, 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

  • There are fifty eight (58) laboratory confirmed cases.

Background

On February 1, 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This designation is reserved for public health crises which will have global reach. The first case of zika virus in Jamaica was confirmed on January 29, 2016.

Cases of zika virus in Jamaica

As at August 5, 2016, the Ministry of Health received five thousand seven hundred and fifty four (5,754) notifications for the zika virus of which four thousand two hundred and fourteen (4,214) or seventy percent (73%) fit the case definition for Zika and were classified as “Suspected Zika”.

Geographic spread

There are fifty eight (58) laboratory confirmed cases. The confirmed cases were reported from the parishes of St Catherine (10), St. Mary (1), St Thomas (6), Clarendon (5) and Kingston & St. Andrew (26), Trelawny (1), Manchester (1), St. Ann (1) and seven (7) cases with unknown addresses.

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