Jamaica: #Zika At The Beginning of September


Here is my fellow blogger Susan Goffe’s latest on the Zika Virus and the Guillain Barre Syndrome, based on figures released by the Ministry of Health. I agree with Susan that regular (if possible weekly) updates should be posted on the Ministry website. This would be very helpful. We need to keep close tabs on the situation.

Right Steps & Poui Trees

After a hiatus of more than three weeks, Jamaica’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has posted a new zika update on its website. This update gives data received by the MOH as of August 26, 2016, which I have incorporated into the chart below:MOH zika data 26-8-16 - chart(The 8 reports are all posted on the MOH website, in the Press Releases section.)

More cases of zika than the numbers show

The numbers in this chart reflect the changing situation over a two month period regarding the zika outbreak. It is important to note, however, that the actual situation on the ground is vastly different for a variety of frequently articulated reasons:

  • it is estimated that as many as 80% of people who become infected with the zika virus never show any symptoms, and therefore wouldn’t be represented in the  data;
  • many people experience only mild symptoms during a zika infection and do…

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