2 new Zika virus cases in South Trinidad
March 5, 2016: The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) wishes to inform the public that two (2) additional cases of the Zika virus in Trinidad have been confirmed. This brings the total number of confirmed Zika cases in Trinidad to three (3). There are at this time, no confirmed cases in Tobago.
The Ministry notes that these two (2) new cases are located in La Romaine, San Fernando and appear to have been locally acquired. This underscores the need for all citizens across the country to take steps to prevent infection of this disease. The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to take steps that will 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 repellant that contains DEET as an active ingredient