Zika Update as at July 01, 2016

Story Highlights

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

  • There are twenty six (26) confirmed cases. The confirmed cases were reported from the parishes of St Catherine (8), St Thomas (1), Clarendon (1) and Kingston & St. Andrew (13) and two (3) cases with unknown addresses.

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 July 1, 2016, the Ministry of Health received three thousand and eighty eight (3088) notifications for the zika virus of which two thousand one hundred and eighty three (2,183) were suspected cases. Seventy percent (70%) of that number fit the case definition for Zika and were classified as “Suspected Zika”.

Geographic spread

There are twenty six (26) confirmed cases. The confirmed cases were reported from the parishes of St Catherine (8), St Thomas (1), Clarendon (1) and Kingston & St. Andrew (13) and two (3) cases with unknown addresses.

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