The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission.
This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by CARPHA, giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the region.
Thirteen public health officials have been recently trained in techniques to detect the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.
The training was done by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
The following is a statement issued by CARPHA on the issue:
The Caribbean Public Health Agency says that two years after the first outbreak of Zika in the Caribbean, the invasion of this mosquito-borne virus has reduced significantly.
A statement by CARPHA says that while health officials have reported a decrease in the number of suspected and confirmed cases, it is important to note that the virus is still present within our communities.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that four babies were born with Microcephaly this year.
The figure comes in an update on the Zika virus, issued by the Ministry of Health today.
"The Ministry of Health would like to report that the total number of confirmed cases of Zika since the onset of the epidemic on February 11th, 2016 has been 718 cases. Of these, 463 confirmed cases have been noted in pregnancy.
The Ministry of Health is warning that the spread of the Zika virus is still a concern for Trinidad and Tobago.
This comes in light of the World Trade Organisation declaring that Zika is no longer a global health emergency.
The following is a statement by the Ministry of Health.
"The Ministry of Health notes the recent declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) which states that the Zika virus is no longer a global public health emergency.