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Trinidad confirms first zika case
Published on February 19, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago has reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of zika virus.

According to the ministry of health, this case is a 61-year-old female and was confirmed on Wednesday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The blood sample tested by CARPHA was sent by a private laboratory.

The infected patient recently travelled to New Zealand in January 2016. However, as New Zealand is a zika-free country, the indications are that this is a locally acquired case.

The ministry is in the process of acquiring more details about the confirmed case. This will be done primarily to determine the patient’s well-being, as well as to ensure that the ministry of health continues its eradication efforts in the area.

While the government works at managing this threat, the public has been reminded to take personal responsibility in dealing with mosquito-borne diseases:

1. Dispose of all unwanted containers/items that may collect water.

2. Cover water barrels, drums or buckets with a tight fitted lid.

3. Keep drains and guttering clean.

4. Empty and scrub the sides of water vases.

5. Wear clothing to cover arms and legs.

6. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin.

7. Sleep under a mosquito bed-net.
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