60 pregnant women with Zika in T&T

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 06:00

Trinidad Guardian: There are over 200 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in T&T.

Of this number, 60 have been diagnosed in women who are pregnant.

Contacted yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said 59 cases had been recorded in Trinidad, and one in Tobago. 

In seeking to reassure the infected people that every possible measure was in place to ensure they received the necessary treatment, Deyalsingh has maintained his confidence in the specialist team assembled by the Ministry of Health to oversee the diagnosis and treatment of pregnant people.

Asked to explain the disparity in the figures as last Friday he said he was aware there were only two Zika cases in pregnant women locally, Deyalsingh said he only received the official statistics early yesterday.

Pressed to say if the ultrasounds had revealed any of the foetuses contracting microcephaly as a result of the mother being diagnosed with Zika, Deyalsingh said, “So far, there is no risk of microcephaly in any of the cases we have seen.”

This was later confirmed by Dr Karen Sohan, Medical Chief of Staff, Mt Hope Women’s Hospital.

Microcephaly is a medical condition where babies’ heads are abnormally small.

Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Anna Lisa Paul)

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