TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: April 7, 2016: 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 11. There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.
The Ministry notes that these two new cases are located in Oropouche and Barataria and appear to have been locally acquired. Both patients presented with a rash, fever and generalised body pains.
The Insect Vector Control Division; County Medical Officers of Health for St. Patrick and St. George West; the Siparia Regional Corporation and the San Juan/Laventille Regional 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.