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First Jamaican isolated tests negative for coronavirus; to be released

Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie
 
The first person in Jamaica who was placed in isolation as a precautionary measure in response to the threat of the new coronavirus is to be released Thursday after testing negative.
 
The patient, who arrived in Jamaica on January 30, and went to Annotto Bay Hospital, was isolated at St. Ann's Bay Hospital for further investigation.
 
A sample was sent to the US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie confirmed that the results were received on Wednesday.  
 
Two other persons are in isolation, the latest incident being revealed Wednesday by Health Minister Dr. Christopher. 
 
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie said the test results for the other two persons in isolation will be ready today (Thursday).  
 
PAHO 
 
Meanwhile, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has said it is preparing eight Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, for laboratory diagnosis of the new coronavirus.
 
On Wednesday, PAHO said virology experts at its Washington-based headquarters travelled to the Caribbean to ensure that laboratory specialists are trained and equipped to identify and respond to possible imported cases of the coronavirus.  
 
PAHO said training in the Caribbean began in Suriname, followed by Barbados and Haiti, and will continue this week in Jamaica, Belize and Dominica. 
 
The organization said experts will travel to the Bahamas and Guyana next week. 
 
 
 


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