“We at USAID are pleased to be a part of Jamaica’s national efforts to combat the Zika virus. USAID’s response is to support and strengthen local health systems that are affected in order to reduce the risk among pregnant women and their developing fetus within the womb,” said Barry-Boyle.
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USAID’s Zika virus efforts include vector control, community outreach and psychosocial support.
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The Zika virus is said to cause Microcephaly in babies born to mothers carrying the virus.
A case of a baby born with Microcephaly at the Kingston Jubilee hospital was recently reported by the heath department.
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