Statement from Ministry of Health on microcephaly

The Ministry of Health is investigating the cause of microcephaly in two babies delivered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) this week.
The doctors at the QEH are carrying out investigations to determine whether the birth defects are linked to the Zika virus or cytomegalovirus infection during pregnancy.
Microcephaly is a birth defect in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.
On average, two to three babies are born with microcephaly every year, unrelated to Zika, in Barbados. To date, there has been no increase in the number of newborns with microcephaly. Additionally, no children born to mothers who tested positive for Zika have been diagnosed with microcephaly.
Pregnant women suspected or confirmed with Zika infection are monitored at the high-risk antenatal clinic at the QEH, and these two cases of microcephaly were not among those being monitored. Currently, 14 pregnant women have been identified with the Zika Virus; of these seven have given birth and there were no obvious birth defects detected in those babies.
The Ministry advises women who are pregnant and experiencing any of the symptoms of Zika – fever, rash, conjunctivitis (red eye), headache and temporary arthritis, mainly in the small joints of the hands and feet, to contact their doctor as soon as possible for testing.
The Ministry of Health further urges pregnant women and women of child-bearing age to be especially careful, and to take all necessary steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites as the rainy season progresses.

Source: BGIS

One Response to Statement from Ministry of Health on microcephaly

  1. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    THESE PPL ARE ALWAYS DENYING THE TRUTH, IF BABIES WERE BORN TO PARENTS THAT CONTRACTED THE ZIKA VIRUS, IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT, LYING TO KEEP TOURIST COMING WILL NOT HELP THE SITUATION, A ZIKA MOSQUITO CAN BE FOUND ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD, THEY HAVE WINGS, THEY LAY EGGS ON PLANTS THAT IS IMPORTED, THE THING WOULD BE TO INCREASE FOGGING, TELL BAJANS TO SPRAY THEIR HOMES/CLEAN THEIR SURROUNDINGS, TO ERADICATE THIS PEST, NOT TELL LIES/HIDE THE TRUTH, PPL WOULD STILL SEE THE BABIES WHEN THEY ARE OUT/ABOUT,

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