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Jamaica Confirms First Case of the Zika Virus
The Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica. The patient who has now recovered is a four year old child from Portmore, St. Catherine.
The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016 after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.
The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016. The Ministry received the positive zika virus test result from CARPHA late Friday afternoon (January, 29, 2016).
The case is being investigated to determine the source of infection and the child’s parents and family have been contacted and briefed by a team from the Ministry of Health. No other family member is ill at this time.
As part of its investigations the Ministry of Health has undertaken the necessary community interventions in and around the area where the child lives to determine whether there are other cases and has heightened vector control activities.
The Minister of Health will provide a full update to the nation at a press briefing to be held on Monday, February 1, 2016.
In the meantime, the Ministry is advising persons, particularly pregnant women, to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus.
There is adequate medication available in the public health system at this time to treat the symptoms of Zika virus infection in the event of additional cases being identified.

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Jamaica Confirms First Case of Zika

January 30th, 2016 | 12:01 pm

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Jamaica has confirmed its first case of the Zika mosquito-borne virus, the country’s Ministry of Health announced.

The patient, who has now recovered, is a four-year-old child from Portmore.

The government said the child began showing symptoms on Jan. 17, “after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.”

The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and received a positive test this week.

“There is adequate medication available in the public health system at this time to treat the symptoms of Zika virus infection in the event of additional cases being identified,” the government said.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus whose symptoms are similar to dengue fever.

The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, although symptoms are usually mild.

In fact, 80 percent of people who contract the virus exhibit no symptoms.

The biggest risk is for pregnant women, however, as it is increasingly thought that infection with zika during pregnancy can lead to birth defects like microcephaly.

Jamaica like the rest of the region has been dealing with the disease, and several islands have reported cases in small numbers.

http://caribjournal.com/2016/01/30/jamaica-confirms-first-case-of-zika/

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Published Saturday, January 30, 2016 1:43PM EST 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Jamaica Ministry of Health has confirmed the Caribbean country's first case of the Zika virus.

A ministry statement released on Saturday says a 4-year-old child has recovered after contracting Zika.

It adds that authorities have stepped up prevention and detection efforts in the Portmore, St. Catherine area where the child lives.

Caribbean Public Health Agency lab tests for the virus came back positive on Friday afternoon.

Authorities are investigating the case in hopes of determining the source of infection.

The child began showing symptoms on Jan. 17 and had earlier travelled to Texas.

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Jamaica Reports 4-Year-Old Boy First Zika Virus Victim

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Feb 01, 2016 06:12 AM EST
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Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal are in Brazil to train local researchers to combat the Zika virus epidemic. (Photo : NELSON ALMEIDA / Staff/Getty Images)

The first case of Zika virus infection in Jamaica was reported after a 4-year-old child from Portmore, Santa Catalina tested positive on Jan. 29. The boy showed some symptoms back in Jan. 17 after a visit in Texas, according to a statement released by the country's Ministry of Health.

 

"It's unclear whether the child picked up the virus in Jamaica or Texas. The ministry said it is investigating the case to determine the source of the infection," according to a USA Today report.

"The virus has been associated with a sharp jump in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads, mainly in Brazil. It is also linked to increases in Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which the immune system attacks the nervous system, causing paralysis," the report also added.

The Jamaican health authorities have stepped up their campaign against the Zika virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. They also warned pregnant women in the country and advised them to take extra precautionary measures to prevent mosquito bites.

The country's health ministry is already alerting its people flashing the warning, "Be Aware, Zika is Near" in its website. The health officials urged their people to be prepared, protect themselves from mosquito bites and prevent the breeding of these insects.

In order to prevent mosquito bites, the ministry recommends using mosquito repellent with Deet, sleeping inside a mosquito net, covering the body as much as possible and wearing light-colored clothes.

 

They also asked the people to do their part in the prevention of mosquito breeding. They advise the locals to identify and eliminate breeding grounds inside and outside their homes, and to conduct clean-up drives within the community, especially in schools and offices.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport and Works announced that it has already released J$200 million for the purpose of cleaning different areas in the country to combat the Zika virus, according to a report from The Gleaner-Jamaica.

The funds came from the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already released some guidelines, especially, for pregnant women. The CDC advised them to put their plans of travelling on hold from countries affected by the Zika virus outbreak, such as Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador,French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

http://www.latinoshealth.com/articles/17909/20160201/jamaica-reports-4-year-old-boy-first-zika-virus-victim.htm

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Jamaica Confirms First Case of the Zika Virus

 
The Ministry of Health has confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Jamaica. The patient who has now recovered is a four year old child from Portmore, St. Catherine.
 
The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016 after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.
 
The child was investigated at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016. The Ministry received the positive zika virus test result from CARPHA late Friday afternoon (January, 29, 2016).
 
The case is being investigated to determine the source of infection and the child’s parents and family have been contacted and briefed by a team from the Ministry of Health. No other family member is ill at this time.
 
As part of its investigations the Ministry of Health has undertaken the necessary community interventions in and around the area where the child lives to determine whether there are other cases and has heightened vector control activities.
 
The Minister of Health will provide a full update to the nation at a press briefing to be held on Monday, February 1, 2016.
 
In the meantime, the Ministry is advising persons, particularly pregnant women, to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which transmit the Zika virus.
 
There is adequate medication available in the public health system at this time to treat the symptoms of Zika virus infection in the event of additional cases being identified.

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Jamaica Reports First Case Of Zika Virus

Early reports said that Jamaica’s first confirmed Zika infection stemmed from a 4-year-old’s travel to Texas. But Texas says it ain’t so.

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Ministry of Health / Jamaica / Via moh.gov.jm

Jamaica reported its first confirmed case of Zika virus over the weekend.

The 4-year-old child initially developed symptoms in the middle of January and the Zika infection was confirmed on January 29. News stories citing Jamaica’s health ministry claimed the child acquired the infection in Texas. But the ministry now says the “case is being investigated to determine the source of infection,” including tests of Jamaican mosquitoes.

An outbreak of Zika has spread to 23 nations in the Americas in the last year, marked by a strongly suspected link to thousands of children born with microcephaly, an abnormally small brain and skull, in Brazil. Jamaica, along with Columbia and El Salvador, has recommended women avoid pregnancy in response.

“Based on case information available at this time, the evidence supports the fact that infection likely occurred in Jamaica and does not raise a concern for local transmission here,” Carrie Williams of the Texas Department of State Health Services told BuzzFeed News by email.

If that is confirmed, it would mean the virus linked to an outbreak of severe birth defects in Brazil is being spread by mosquitoes in Jamaica.

In the U.S., there have been 31 cases of confirmed Zika infections, 6 of them in Texas, and all of them acquired by overseas travelers.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health originally planned a public briefing on Zika on Monday, but has postponed the event until Tuesday.

“Be Aware, Zika Is Near,” says the ministry’s website, advising pregnant women to take extra care to avoid mosquito bites.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/danvergano/zika-in-jamaica

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