2 more cases of Chikungunya in T&T

chikTrinidad and Tobago reported three cases of the Chikungunya virus earlier this month and now there are reports of two more cases in the Arima and Diego Martin areas.

Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said two new cases had been reported and the patients had contracted the ChikV virus in T&T, suggesting that the virus was now being spread by mosquitoes in the country.

The infected were only identified as a 70-year-old woman from Diego Martin and a 15-year-old boy from Arima.

Last week, ChikV appeared in T&T for the first time in three people—from Diego Martin, South Oropouche and Barataria—who had recently travelled to Caribbean countries where the virus was endemic.

The three cases were thus imported cases, as all three individuals were suspected to have contracted the virus overseas.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan said those three people were progressing well.

The two new cases bring the total number of ChikV cases in T&T to five.

The total number of confirmed cases in the Caribbean is now 5,751 and there have been 26 deaths in the region related to ChikV.