CARIBBEAN: Zika virus spread to Trinidad – first case confirmed

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CARIBBEAN: Zika virus spread to Trinidad – first case confirmed

AR-160219663TRINIDAD EXPRESS – Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed its first case of Zika, the mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects in babies which is causing global alarm.

The sobering announcement was made yesterday afternoon by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

Speaking at a Rapid Response Unit mosquito eradication exercise in the community of Penal Rock Road, Deyalsingh said: “At 2.30 p.m. today the first case of the Zika virus was confirmed.

“Laboratory (tests) confirmed the case (through) Carpha (the Caribbean Public Health Agency). A 61-year-old female who recently travelled to New Zealand.”

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