Trinidad placed On Malaria Alert

Trinidad, Malaria

Citizens of Trinidad are being urged to take precautions to guard against malaria after a ten-year-old boy was confirmed as the latest case.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram said although there have been 38 confirmed cases this year this is different.

In all of the cases prior to this one, it would have been imported meaning that someone who would have visited another country or a member of the Guyanese or Venezuelan population who would have had recently travelled.

The acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Vishwanath Partapsingh in a  press conference hosted by the Health Ministry today,  said there have been a number of reported cases for 2018.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease and members of the public are being asked to take personal responsibility to clear all possible breeding grounds. Travel history is also a factor in contracting the disease.