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Trinidad records first case of Zika virus

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 6:39 AMCMC



Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus saying that the 61 year-old victim had recently travelled to New Zealand.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, speaking at a Rapid Response mosquito eradication exercise said "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".

He said New Zealand is not known to have Zika cases, and how the woman contracted the virus was unknown.

Deyalsingh said this case was being througholy investigated and that the area where the unidentified woman lives would be "looked at.

"She would be looked at to make sure she recovers properly from the virus," he said, adding that the woman first exhibited symptoms on February 10 and two days later a sample was taken and sent for testing by CARPHA.