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More than 7,000 Zika notifications received by Health Ministry

New data released by the Health Ministry show it has received 7,343 notifications of the Zika virus. Of this number, 5,529 are suspected cases and 91 have been confirmed.
 
The ministry said up to last Friday, Kingston and St. Andrew (40 cases), and St. Catherine (13 cases) had the greatest number of reported Zika cases.
    
Clarendon, St. Mary, St. Thomas, Manchester, Portland, St. Ann, Trelawny, St. James and Westmoreland are the other parishes with confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus.
 
Pregnant women
 
The ministry is investigating more than 600 cases of pregnant women suspected to be carrying the Zika virus.
    
It has so far received 604 notifications from doctors - 521 of which are suspected cases, while 36 have been confirmed.
    
Guillain-Barré syndrome 
   
The Health Ministry is also keeping a close watch on the increasing number of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases in Jamaica.
    
As at Friday, there were 118 notifications and 22 suspected cases. Three cases have tested positive for Zika virus.
    
The ministry recently confirmed that six persons had died as result of GBS. It has not been confirmed whether any of those cases were Zika positive. 
    
The Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) has expressed concern about the capacity of intensive care units at the Jamaica's public hospitals to handle the increasing number of patients with the neurological disease.     
    
The association said it will be seeking a meeting with the Health Minister to discuss the matter.

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