Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton a short while ago disclosed that two pregnant women are among the 16 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Jamaica.
Dr Tufton, speaking at a press conference now underway at the Ministry of Health in New Kingston to update the country on the virus, said the number of confirmed cases is just a small portion of what is actually the reality in terms of people who could positively be infected as the World Health Organisation indicates that as much as 70 per cent of the population of a country may be infected over time.
With the Zika virus being linked to microcephaly, a condition which results in babies being born with smaller than normal heads, the minister said the pregnant women are being closely monitored.
He said though that there have been no confirmed cases of microcephaly linked to the mosquito-borne virus in Jamaica.
The health minister insisted that a total of 1,969 notifications for Zika have been reported to the ministry as at May 29, 2016.
He said of the notifications, 1,387 fit the case definition of Zika and we’re classified as suspected Zika fever.
“We have received the highest number of notifications from Kingston and St Andrew (465) followed by St Catherine (405).
Jamaica recorded its first case of Zika infection on Friday, January 29, 2016.