Women in Jamaica Urged To Delay Getting Pregnant

Life, it seems, may have to be put on hold in an effort to preserve it, as the Zika virus (ZIKV) draws closer to Jamaica. Their Health Ministry has sought to encourage women to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to twelve months. 

Women already pregnant are urged to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes. 

ZIKV has been linked to 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, may be born prematurely, may be still born or may survive, but with life-long disability. 

A number of cases have been reported in Brazil and this has triggered concerns. 

Permanent Secretary in Jamaica's health ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, says while the evidence of a link between microcephaly and ZIKV are inconclusive at this stage, the local health authorities decided to issue the advisory to Jamaican women as a precautionary measure.

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