CARIBBEAN: Jamaica confirms first case of Zika virus

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica confirms first case of Zika virus

Mosquito_Tasmania_cropJAMAICA OBSERVER – 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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