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CMO: Patient contracted Zika locally

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dr Clive Tilluckdharry, Chief Medical Officer, confirmed that the new case of Zika was contracted locally.

Speaking on today’s The Morning Brew on CNC3, Tilluckdharry said while he could not disclose the exact location of the woman, he revealed that she resided in the St George community. Port-of-Spain is located in the St George county.    

He said the patient is currently resting comfortably and he intends to visit her today.

Tilluckdharry said he expects more cases of Zika in the St George’s county following the diagnosis. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has declared the virus a global threat, people contract Zika by being bitten by an infected aedes aegypti mosquito, the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Zika virus occurs in tropical areas with large mosquito populations.

Symptoms of Zika usually appear a few days after infection and include slight fever and rash. Conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain and fatigue can also occur. The symptoms usually subside in two to seven days. WHO said health authorities were currently investigating a potential link between the Zika virus in pregnant women and microcephaly in their babies. 

However, Tilluckdharry says they will not be asking women to delay pregnancy.