Zika virus

What you should know about the Zika virus

Where is the virus now?

–The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Zika virus is “spreading explosively,” and that an estimated three to four million people could be exposed in the next year, according to the New York Times. The WHO is holding an emergency meeting on Monday to determine whether Zika should be deemed an international public health emergency.

National Health Emergency declared over Zika virus threat

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has issued a national public health emergency in T&T, placing the country on a heightened state of alert in light as it relates to the Zika virus threat.

This means the Ministry of Health will be partnering with the Ministry of National Security to combat the spread of Zika.

This means soldiers will be assisting in disseminating information on the virus.

The service men will be going door to door handing out flyers and information booklets starting in mosquito hotspots.

CARPHA ramps up its response to Zika

The Caribbean public health sector (CARPHA) officials are strongly advising the adoption of personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites and the reduction of mosquito breeding grounds.

They say the presence in the Caribbean is rapidly evolving and with "good conditions for spreading the Caribbean," CARPHA  said, pointing out that "we have abundant mosquitos; a lot of travel and movement and a completely susceptible population. 

The following is the complete press release by CARPHA