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    Jamaica reports its first case of Zika virus

    Doug Stanglin, USATODAY 3:53 p.m. EST January 30, 2016

    Jamaican health officials confirmed the Caribbean nation's first case of the Zika virus Saturday in a 4-year-old child who recently returned from a trip to Texas.

    The child, who has now recovered, began showing symptoms Jan. 17 after visiting the U.S. state, Jamaica's Ministry of Health said in a statement.

    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.

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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2...irus/79563246/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    Jamaica confirms first case of Zika virus

    Saturday, January 30, 2016 | 9:37 AM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — 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.

    In a news release Saturday, the ministry said the child began showing symptoms on January 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 samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing on January 26, 2016. The ministry said it received the positive Zika virus test result from CARPHA late yesterday.

    The ministry said 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, the news release said.
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    Minister of Health Horace Dalley will provide a full update to the nation at a press briefing to be held on Monday, February 1, 2016.
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    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...-of-Zika-Virus
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
      Jamaica’s first Zika case was in Greater Portmore, Dalley reveals

      Thursday, February 04, 2016 | 11:41 AM

      KINGSTON, Jamaica – Health Minister Horace Dalley a short while ago disclosed that the case of Zika virus confirmed in Jamaica was in Greater Portmore, St Catherine.

      Greater Portmore is one of the largest communities among the approximately 30 communities in the Portmore area.
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      When asked to name the community at a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday, Dalley said he would not pinpoint the community because he did not want it to be stigmatised.
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      http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...Dalley-reveals
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Ministry of Health Confirms Three New Cases of Zika Virus

        The Ministry of Health has confirmed three (3) new cases of the Zika virus. Two of these new cases were confirmed at the virology lab at the University Hospital of the West Indies this week and the other was tested at CARPHA. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to four (4).

        Two of the cases were detected in Greater Portmore and Christian Meadows, St. Catherine and one in Lyssons, St. Thomas. Similar to increased surveillance as a result of the first case identified, which led to the MOH Public Health team visiting approximately 4,000 homes in the area, the Public Health team is currently conducting fever surveillance and contact investigation in the affected communities.

        We have also commenced a fogging blitz in the affected communities. This means that fogging will take place in the communities for three consecutive nights per week for three weeks to eradicate adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which spread the zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses.

        Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton says these new confirmations underscore the need for communities to actively participate in the Ministry’s “Operation: Mosquito Search and Destroy” initiative to ensure that breeding sites for mosquitoes are eliminated.

        “We must intensify our efforts to rid our homes, schools, business places and churches of breeding sites for mosquitoes especially the Aedes aegypti which spreads the zika, chikungunya and dengue viruses. We have the power to limit the spread of these diseases since the mosquito is mostly found around places where people live and frequent,” he said.

        Persons displaying symptoms such as fever, rash, eye redness, joint and muscle pain are urged to see a doctor, who will determine whether or not they are suspected cases and get the necessary testing done and sent to the National Public Health Lab.

        All persons, but especially pregnant women should do everything to protect themselves from mosquito bites. This can be done by using insect repellent containing DEET, sleeping under a mosquito net, putting mesh on windows and doors and wearing long sleeved clothing where possible.

        Individuals who wish to obtain more information may call the Ministry of Health or the nearest health centre. Persons may also visit our website at moh.gov.jm and like and follow us on www.facebook.com/themohgovjm; https://twitter.com/themohgovjm; https://instagram.com/themohgovjm.

        🕔 Posted on March 18, 2016

        http://moh.gov.jm/ministry-of-health...of-zika-virus/

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        Fifth ZIKV Case Confirmed

        Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 12:16 PM

        The Health Ministry says the number of confirmed cases of the zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica has now gone up to five.

        On Friday, the ministry confirmed three new cases, which brought the number of cases to four.
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        http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/n...case-confirmed
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          Number of confirmed Zika cases the ‘tip of the iceberg’

          Friday, April 29, 2016 | 9:10 AM

          KINGSTON, Jamaica — The number of Zika virus cases that have been confirmed in the island now stands at eight.

          The Ministry of Health’s National Epidemiologist Dr Karen Webster-Kerr made the disclosure during a risk communication seminar at the Pan American Health Organisation’s office at the University of the West Indies, Mona yesterday.

          She said that five of those cases have been identified in St Catherine, one in St Thomas and the other two in Kingston and St Andrew.

          Dr Webster-Kerr pointed out, however, that these numbers are just the “tip of the iceberg”.
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          http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...f-the-iceberg-
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          • #6
            More Suspected Cases Of ZIKV

            Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMAnastasia Cunningham

            Although there are still only 10 confirmed cases of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in Jamaica, the number of suspected cases is on the increase as more persons are turning up at doctors and health centres with symptoms associated with the mosquito-borne disease.

            "As I said before, with Zika being new to Jamaica, this is the tip of the iceberg, and although the numbers remain the same, we can't get complacent," Dr Karen Webster-Kerr, principal medical officer at the National Epidemiology Department, told The Gleaner yesterday.
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            "We are getting more reports of suspected cases daily from all over the country, and we do take them into account because not everyone will seek medical attention in the time frame that will allow us to take a blood sample to test for it," she said.
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            http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/l...ted-cases-zikv
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              War on Zika
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              BY ANIKA RICHARDS Health/Online co-ordinator richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com
              Friday, June 03, 2016
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              WITH two pregnant women among the confirmed local Zika virus (ZIKV) cases, the Ministry of Health is putting more emphasis on expectant mothers and their partners as it intensifies activities to fight the mosquito-borne infection.

              Calling it the second phase of its response, the ministry has allocated $100 million to ramp up activities.
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              Speaking at a press conference to provide an update on the ZIKV outbreak, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that Jamaica now has 16 confirmed cases of the virus, including the two pregnant women.

              In fact, the 16 cases could easily jump to more than 20, as six preliminary positive results are now undergoing a second round of testing at the University Hospital of the West Indies for confirmation.
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              http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...nfection_62848
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                UPDATE: All pregnant women to be tested for Zika virus

                Wednesday, June 08, 2016 | 1:04 PM

                KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Health will require all pregnant women to be tested for the Zika virus (ZIKV).
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                In addition, the ministry is preparing the Intensive Care Units and High Dependency areas at hospitals in the event that persons are diagnosed with Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS).
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                “We will be getting additional ventilators; we will procure more and repair others that are not presently functioning,” Tufton said.

                As at May 29, the Ministry of Health received reports of 2,166 notifications for Zik V. Some 1,519 of these fit the case definition for Zika and were classified as “suspected Zika fever”.

                The ministry received the highest number of notifications from Kingston and St. Andrew (653), followed by St Catherine (620).

                Of the 787 which were tested, 408 results have been received, of which 21 were positive for the Zika virus. Two of the 21 confirmed are pregnant women who will be continuously monitored.
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                http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...for-Zika-virus
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #9
                  Jamaica’s 100m Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole reveals he has Zika virus
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                  Samuel Lovett 16 minutes ago

                  Jamaica’s 100m Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole has revealed that he has been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

                  The sprinter, who ran in Jamaica’s gold-winning 4x100m relay squad in London 2012, has said that he only discovered he had the virus after his girlfriend found a lump on his neck.
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                  "Recovering is not easy because as we speak, the rashes are still on my body. My eyes hurt, but the best thing is that I am not feeling any muscle pain at the moment.
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                  http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/o...-a7103116.html
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                  • #10
                    Close to 8,000 notifications of Zika virus

                    8:32 pm, Sun September 25, 2016

                    As the authorities continue to battle the spread of Zika, the Ministry of Health is reporting that it has received nearly 8,000 notifications from doctors who are treating patients with symptoms of the virus.

                    There have been 91 confirmed Zika cases.

                    The latest data show that the Ministry is also monitoring 625 cases of pregnant women with the mosquito-borne virus. Laboratory tests have confirmed 36 cases of pregnant women infected by Zika.

                    The Ministry noted that most of the Zika cases have been detected in the Corporate Area, followed by St Catherine, St Thomas and Clarendon. The virus has been detected in eleven parishes.
                    Concering the neurological disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) the Health Ministry says it has received 120 notifications from doctors treating patients with symptoms.

                    There are 22 suspected GBS cases and three confirmed.
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                    http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/close...-of-zika-virus
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                    -Nelson Mandela

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