Two new cases of Zika virus confirmed

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zika-virus-photo-2.jpgThe Ministry of Health is reporting two more cases of the Zika Virus. This increases to eight the number of confirmed cases in Jamaica.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, said the cases were confirmed following the testing of samples at the Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

He said the lab has already received 203 samples, compared to 321 received by CARPHA since the start of the epidemic - thereby "approximating the total amount we've been giving to CARPHA over the last three months."

Dr. De La Haye said the two women, from Spanish Town Road and Duhaney Park, are recovering.

"To my knowledge they are fine as (are) the other six persons," he said.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer said the ministry would continue to fog areas within a 200-300 metre radius around each person's home who is found to be positive.