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Health officials in St Lucia are currently investigating one case of microcephaly which is believed to be linked to the ZIKA virus.

The announcement comes from medical officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Sharon Belmar George. She informs that Saint Lucia has recorded 5 microcephaly cases this year. The first 4 cases were not known to be associated with the Zika Virus Disease.

The Epidemiology Department has received notification of a live born male infant on Friday December 9, 2016 who was diagnosed with microcephaly. As of Monday December 12, 2016 the mother and infant were receiving care at the hospital.

Dr George stressed that surveillance continues at the neonatal departments of local healthcare facilities in an effort to keep the zika virus at bay.

Meanwhile, a total of four Guillan Barre cases for 2016, not known to be associated with the Zika Virus have been recorded this year.   
 
Zika Virus Disease is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes
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