Death wrongfully attributed to Zika, says Health Ministry

The Ministry of Health is seeking to clear the air on the death of Keisha Howell, saying it is not true that she died from symptoms of the Zika virus.

The Ministry has issued a statement saying Howell was advised against leaving the hospital before being attended to.

The statement adds that her symptoms were not that of the Zika virus.

The following is the Ministry of Health's statement:

"The Ministry of Health notes with concern the events surrounding the death of Ms. Keisha Howell and offers condolences to her family.

Confirmed Zika cases now stand at 254

The Ministry of Health says the number of confirmed cases of Zika stand at 254 as at August 12th.

The Ministry has issued a statement on the latest Zika confirmed cases.

"The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as of August 12th, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad and Tobago stands at 254. Six of these cases are in Tobago. The number of Zika positive pregnancies stands at 78.

Containers from T&T transiting China must undergo anti-Zika measures

Containers from Trinidad and Tobago arriving China, will have to undergo anti-Zika measures.

In a note to clients, German container line Hapag-Lloyd reveals that Chinese authorities have updated the number of origin countries for boxes which will face “anti-mosquito treatment” on arrival at ports in the People’s Republic. 

Health Ministry: Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases not a result of Zika

The Ministry of Health says its investigations have not established any links between Guillain-Barre Syndrome and the Zika virus.

The Ministry has issued a statement on the recent cases in T&T.

"The Ministry of Health wishes to address the concerns of the public following a news report that indicated seven babies were affected by Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) as a result of the Zika virus.

While there have been seven cases of GBS in Trinidad (and Tobago) for 2016, tests have ruled out Zika as the cause and all of these patients were adults.