According to Consultant Pediatrician and Consultant Pediatric and Congenital Cardiologist, Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips, she has personally diagnosed at least 12 cases of Zik-V in Jamaica.
Zik-V is the latest mosquito borne disease being watched by Jamaica. The Ministry of Health says it has not yet reached our shores, but Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips says she has also personally contracted the virus.
This is yet another burden on the back of Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson. He is currently under pressure to resign after it was discovered that 18 babies have died in Jamaica from a mysterious bacteria (since July) and he is claiming that he knew nothing about it.
It is also another burden on Jamaicans who are still suffering from the after effects of the Chikungunya virus that swept the island late last year.
From The Gleaner:
Contrary to claims by the Ministry of Health, Consultant Pediatrician and Consultant Pediatric and Congenital Cardiologist, Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips says there have been cases of the Zika Virus, more popularly known as zik-V, on the island.
The Health Ministry has insisted that there are no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Jamaica.
According to the ministry, a suspected case of the virus was tested overseas and was negative.
However, Williams-Phillips says she has personally come down with zik-V.
The doctor says she has personally diagnosed at least 12 cases of the disease.
Williams-Phillips says she does not need a laboratory test in Guyana or Trinidad and Tobago to diagnose an illness.
She was speaking this morning on Power 106’s Cliff Hughes Online.
The Zika Virus is from the same family as the dengue and chikungunya viruses and share similar symptoms which include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs.
Symptoms usually appear three to 12 days after an infected mosquito bites a person and can last for four to seven days.
Curated from: The Gleaner