At least two babies were born in Trinidad and Tobago to mothers suffering with the Zika virus, health authorities said on Friday.
Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Karen Sohan said the babies were born at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital and that so far they have shown no complications.
Sohan says the two babies were born last week and in March.
Trinidad and Tobago has so far recorded 215 cases of Zika.
One day after U.S. health officials announced an early start to a clinical trial to test a Zika vaccine in humans, researchers reported in the journal Science that three types of vaccines designed to block the virus all worked to perfection in monkeys.
The three experimental vaccines had already proved effective in mice, and their success on rhesus monkeys is “raising optimism for the development of a vaccine for humans,” the study authors wrote.
With more than 50 countries and territories battling active Zika outbreaks, the need for a vaccine is clear.
Officials in Miami-Dade County, Florida, plan to begin aerial spraying of insecticides on Thursday in an effort to kill mosquitoes in and around a section of Miami that is home to the continental US’s first known cases of the Zika virus that is transmitted by the insects.
More than 400 pregnant women have rushed to get themselves tested in light of the spread of the virus.
Trinidad Guardian: There are over 200 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in T&T.
Of this number, 60 have been diagnosed in women who are pregnant.
Contacted yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said 59 cases had been recorded in Trinidad, and one in Tobago.
In seeking to reassure the infected people that every possible measure was in place to ensure they received the necessary treatment, Deyalsingh has maintained his confidence in the specialist team assembled by the Ministry of Health to oversee the diagnosis and treatment of pregnant people.
The number of Zika cases in the country has risen to 149.
The following is a statement by the Ministry of Heath on the matter:
"The Ministry of Health, following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) would like to inform the public that as at July 15th, 2016, the number of confirmed cases of Zika Virus in Trinidad and Tobago stands at 149. Two of these cases are in Tobago.