A male resident of Gulf View, La Romaine has become the sixth case of the Zika virus in Trinidad.
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh has revealed that there is a concern after confirmation of the 7th case of the Zika virus in Trinidad.
He said that this was the third case to be reported in the small geographic area of Gulf City.
In an interview with News Power Now this morning, e disclosed that he had discussions with the mayor of San Fernando, so that work could be done immediately to arrest the problem.
He also stated that work was presently being done to control the spread of the virus around the island.
He also indicated that citizens needed to take personal responsibility for their safety, and that of their family members by being responsible and cleaning up their surroundings.
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh.
The Ministry of Health reports that the 37-year-old resident is the first man in Trinidad to be infected by the virus and the third person in the area to contract it.
Residents of Gulf View who have complained about overgrown bushes and clogged drains signed a petition to have the area cleaned. The ministry reports that Insect Vector Control Division and the County Medical Officer of Health have been informed and field work has commenced.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus as an international public health emergency. WHO reports the possibility of four million people being infected by the end of 2016.
The Ministry of Health advises citizens to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
There are presently no confirmed cases in Tobago