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Zika cases now at 68

Saturday, June 18 2016

THE number of Zika cases in Trinidad and Tobago has now climbed to sixty-eight, after a reported figure of 40 in early June. A press release issued yesterday by the Ministry of Health advised of the new figure of 68bThe release also stated that Tobago remains Zika free, and called once again for citizens to take the necessary steps to protect themselves not only against Zika, but other mosquito- borne diseases

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

“While the Ministry of Health continues its efforts to monitor Zika and other mosquito borne diseases, citizens are encouraged to follow the under-mentioned steps to prevent infection of themselves and their loved ones: Dispose of all unwanted containers/items in the yard or environs which can collect water and become mosquito breeding grounds;

Cover water containers such as barrels, drums or buckets with a mosquito proof covering; ensure that your drains and guttering allow the free flow of water; empty and scrub the sides of water vases or use dirt or sand instead to support flowers; cover extremities when out in the evenings; use bed nets that are tightly tucked under the mattress for protection at night; use insect repellent that contains DEET

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