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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is assuring the public that newborn babies at the Port of Spain General Hospital are doing well after an outbreak of the Enterobacter virus.


During the weekly Post Cabinet Press Briefing the Minister said there was an outbreak at the neonatal ward. But he said it was not due to a hygiene or sanitization issue.

As the number of confirmed cases of the Zika Virus continues to rise in the world more calls are being made for citizens to stop the spread of mosquitoes.

C News took a visit to the Ministry of Health Insect Vector Control Division in Cunupia to find out what's being done to control mosquitoes in this country.

Four babies have been born with Microcephaly at three public hospitals and are being investigated to find if their condition was caused by the Zika Virus. This according to Neonatologist Dr. Marlon Timothy.

Is the Caribbean doing enough to address the threat of the Zika Virus?

Marie Hull who has been tracking the virus spoke with the Caribbean Public Health Agency about how the region is dealing with the virus.

Tracking Zika: Overseas Update

Haiti has identified its first case of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. 

With 78 confirmed Zika positive pregnancies in the country there have been concerns over the treatment available to pregnant women who contract the virus.

Professor and Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at the Mt. Hope Women's Hospital Dr. Bharat Bassaw told Cnews there is a protocol in place at health institutions. Babies born to Zika Positive mothers are also to receive continuous care for at least two years.

Should parents have the option to terminate a pregnancy if an expecting mother is Zika positive?

 

Since the announcement that the Zika Virus could be sexually transmitted by men, experts have been doing research to find out how long the virus can stay in semen and its impact on men and women.

Authorities in the Bahamas are reporting the first case of Zika and say it was contracted elsewhere.  According to their Health Minister Dr. Michael Perry, the patient is a man who recently travelled to Jamaica and lives on New Providence Island where the Bahamas capital of Nassau is located.

Health officials are still dissatisfied with the way in which citizens are keeping their surroundings.

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