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Trinidad and Tobago confirms first case of microcephaly linked to Zika virus

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed the first case of a baby born in T&T with microcephaly as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed the first case of a baby born in T&T with microcephaly as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 31, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago Monday confirmed the first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

zikaHealth Minister Terrence Deyalsingh told a news conference that the parents were informed of the diagnosis on Friday. The unidentified child had been born in September.

Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

Deyalsingh said that the Ministry of Health through the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has already enlisted the help of experts from Brazil and Canada to supplement the local pool of specialists since the number of microcephaly cases caused by Zika may increase in the coming months.

  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago

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