RJR News / The Ministry of Health has issued an advisory to women to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to twelve months given the possible link between the Zika virus and birth defects.
It says women who are already pregnant should take extra precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as Zika could cause microcephaly.
Microcephaly is an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy.
Babies who develop microcephaly in the womb may not live to full term,maybe born prematurely, still born or survive but with life-long disabilities.
The Ministry’s statement comes in light of questions being raised about its delay in warning women against pregnancy as has been done in other countries with the virus such as Brazil.
Health Minister, Horace Dalley says there is still no absolute proof of the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.
However, based on evidence from Brazil, information from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and other technical partners ,the Ministry is seeking to prevent any possible adverse outcome to pregnant women.
Dalley has reminded persons to take the necessary steps to rid their communities of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits the Zika virus.
He says the Ministry of Health has heightened its alert and is scaling up vector control activities.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lisa Kervin Dawes says the Zika virus could result in an increase in miscarriages in Jamaica.
JAMAICA: Jamaican Women Advised To Delay Pregnancy Due To Threat Of Zika Virus
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