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Health officials deny report of Zika virus in Jamaica

On the heels of a local doctor’s claim that she had diagnosed a dozen cases of the Zika virus, Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse is insisting there is no evidence that the mosquito-borne virus has reached Jamaica. Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips claims she contracted the virus and she had seen 12 patients who also had the virus, although she acknowledged she had not done any laboratory testing to confirm. But DuCasse says without confirmation, it could not be said the virus was in Jamaica. The Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, the same mosquito that transmits chikungunya and dengue.