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Changes have been made to the team established to monitor local cases of pregnant women with the Zika virus.

A decision has been made for a further division of the group.

There will be smaller groupings that will focus on among other things Neuro-development, Psycho-social support, Education and Intervention as well as Diagnostics and Obstetrics.

The group, which comprises medical experts, was formed as part of the Ministry of Healths response to managing Zika related birth defects.

As part of its overall surveillance of Zika and Zika related effects, the Ministry of Health has indicated that all Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Neurological conditions suspected to be related to the mosquito borne virus are to be reported.

Information should be sent to the Parish Health Department or the National Surveillance Unit at the Ministry of Health.

Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton says by the end of this month the capacity of the public health system to deal with babies born with Microcephaly and other Neurological disorders will be increased.

Posted Sep 17, 2016 at 9:29am

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