Two more Zika cases take total to nine

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 20:00

The Ministry of Health is reporting two more Zika cases in this country, bringing the total to nine confirmed cases.

The following is a statement from the Ministry of Health:

"The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) wishes to inform the public that two additional cases of the Zika virus in Trinidad have been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed Zika cases in Trinidad to nine. There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago. 

The newly confirmed cases comprise a 23 year old female from Belmont, who presented with a rash, fever and generalised pain, and a 52 year old female from Laventille who became ill with fever, rash, generalized pains and conjunctivitis. The Insect Vector Control Division, County Medical Officer of Health and the Port-of-Spain City Corporation were informed and field work has commenced.

The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to take steps to prevent the infection of themselves and their loved ones.

1. Dispose of all unwanted containers/items in the yard or environs which can collect water and become mosquito breeding grounds.

2. Cover water containers such as barrels, drums or buckets with a mosquito-proof covering.

3. Ensure that your drains and guttering allow the free flow of water.

4. Empty and scrub the sides of water vases or use dirt or sand instead to support flowers.

5. Cover extremities when out in the evenings.

6. Use bed nets that are tightly tucked under the mattress for protection at night.

7. Use insect repellent that contains DEET as an active ingredient."