Zika virus

Pregnant woman is Tobago's first Zika case

The Division of Health and Social Services (DHSS) in Tobago is reporting its first confirmed case of the Zika virus on the island. 

This case is a pregnant female in her mid-30s, who accessed care on June 14 at the Scarborough General Hospital for signs and symptoms of the Zika virus.

Zika causes relatively mild symptoms in most adults, but it can cause devastating birth defects in babies that include microcephaly, where an infant is born with an abnormally small head and brain, leading to severe mental and physical disability.


First Zika vaccine to be tested in humans

The first human trial of a Zika vaccine will begin soon, Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday.

How and when will we get to a Zika vaccine?

Inovio, which is based in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and GeneOne Life Science, which is based in Seoul, South Korea, worked together on the vaccine.

They previously collaborated to create vaccines for Ebola and MERS, both of which are being tested.

The Zika vaccine, with the clinical-sounding name GLS-5700, will first be tested in 40 healthy volunteers.

Three newly confirmed Zika cases push figure up to 16

Thre newly confirmed Zika cases have now pushed the figure up to 16 in this country, a statement from the Ministry of Health says.

The three cases were found in St Ann's, Belmont and Diego Martin.

The following is the statement from the Ministry of Health.

Two more Zika cases take total to nine

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. 

Regionally: Zika spreads to St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines has announced it is the latest Caribbean country with a confirmed case of the Zika virus.

Minister of Health, Senator Luke Browne is expected to hold a press conference today to discuss the response of his ministry to the mosquito-borne infection.

Browne told Parliament Tuesday evening that his Ministry has received that evening confirmation from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad that a sample sent from St. Vincent and the Grenadines had tested positive for Zika.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds T&T to travel advisories over Zika virus

The United States has added Trinidad and Tobago to the list of countries that warns potential travellers, and especially pregnant women, of risk of acquiring the Zika virus.

The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the announced in a statement.

It said: "CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission. Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel notices: Trinidad and Tobago and the Marshall Islands."

"Name and shame" campaign

Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan is launching a “ name and shame” campaign against persons with unkempt properties.

Speaking with members of the media, Boodhan says he has made numerous appeals to burgesses to keep their properties clean.

According to the mayor, these lots create a breeding ground for the Aedes aegypti mosquito and rodents.  

With at least one confirmed case of the Zika virus in this country, he says all efforts must be made to curb the mosquito population.