Zika

Zika vaccines work on monkeys; human trials soon

One day after U.S. health officials announced an early start to a clinical trial to test a Zika vaccine in humans, researchers reported in the journal Science that three types of vaccines designed to block the virus all worked to perfection in monkeys.

The three experimental vaccines had already proved effective in mice, and their success on rhesus monkeys is “raising optimism for the development of a vaccine for humans,” the study authors wrote.

With more than 50 countries and territories battling active Zika outbreaks, the need for a vaccine is clear.

Hundreds of pregnant women in Miami rush to get tested for Zika

Officials in Miami-Dade County, Florida, plan to begin aerial spraying of insecticides on Thursday in an effort to kill mosquitoes in and around a section of Miami that is home to the continental US’s first known cases of the Zika virus that is transmitted by the insects.

More than 400 pregnant women have rushed to get themselves tested in light of the spread of the virus.

60 pregnant women with Zika in T&T

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.

Confirmed Zika cases climb to 149

The number of Zika cases in the country has risen to 149.

The following is a statement by the Ministry of Heath on the matter:

"The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as at July 15th, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad and Tobago stands at 149. Two of these cases are in Tobago.

Local Zika cases climb to 83

The number of Zika cases in this country has climbed to 83, according to the latest statement from the Ministry of Health on the matter.

The Ministry issued the following statement today:

"The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as of June 23rd, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad stands at 83. There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.

68 confirmed cases of Zika in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago has now had 68 confirmed cases of the Zika virus. The Ministry of Health has issued the latest update in a media statement:

"The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as of June 17th, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad stands at 68. There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.

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