Close to 8,000 notifications of Zika virus

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.                                        
Meanwhile, with an increase in rainfall, the Ministry of Health continues to appeal to the public to take the necessary precautions to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

 Chief  Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye says whenever it rains, all uncovered containers become potential mosquito breeding sites and this increases the risk for the spread of  viruses such as Zika, chikungunya and dengue.  

De La Haye says the breeding sites are found around homes, schools, churches, workplaces and anywhere else people gather for extended periods.

Forty-five gallon drums have been identified as the leading breeding site for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in and around homes.

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