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Ebola scare at Mt Hope

There was an Ebola scare at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, yesterday when a Trinidadian man who recently visited Equatorial Guinea was brought into the Accident and Emergency

AG dons robes over ILP’s lawsuit

The Independent Liberal Party (ILP) now faces the prospect that its lawsuit challenging the controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill may be dismissed before getting off the ground.

Changes please Debe residents

While activist Dr Wayne Kublalsingh continues his hunger strike, Debe residents are supporting minor adjustments being made to the controversial Debe to Mon Desir section of the Point Fortin Highwa

Kublalsingh on second day of hunger strike: PM handling it wrong

Leader of the Highway Re-Route Movement Dr Wayne Kublalsingh said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is wrong in her handling of the disputed Debe to Mon Desir leg of the Point Fortin Highway. H

Crown Point, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Weather :: 25C Light rain

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Humidity:
88%
Wind Speed:
Calm
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1013 mb
Dewpoint:
23°C
Heat Index:
26°C
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25°C
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11 km
Rowley: Lawyers will benefit most

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Senator Faris Al-Rawi say they are ready for the commission of enquiry into the construction of the Las Alturas Towers housing complex in Morvant. B

Probe into failed housing project

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday announced the establishment of a commission of enquiry into the construction of the Housing Development Corporation’s (HDC) Las Alturas Towers housin

Crown Point, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Weather :: 30C Cumulonimbus clouds observed

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Humidity:
70%
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16 KMH
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ESE (120°)
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1011 mb
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24°C
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35°C
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30°C
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Crown Point, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Weather :: 30C Cumulonimbus clouds observed

Cumulonimbus clouds observedCumulonimbus clouds observed 30°C

Humidity:
70%
Wind Speed:
16 KMH
Wind Direction:
ESE (120°)
Barometer:
1014 mb
Dewpoint:
24°C
Heat Index:
35°C
Wind Chill:
30°C
Visibility:
11 km
Caribbean chikungunya deaths hit 113
Published: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014

The number of deaths linked to the chikungunya virus is estimated at 113. And all of the fatalities are reported in the Caribbean.

The latest figures from the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), which include statistics as of Sept. 12, confirm the Caribbean region's vulnerability to the disease.

The PAHO report says, however, that it was not yet clear if these deaths were directly attributable to the virus. 

Chikungunya itself is not fatal but can result in death when combined with other serious medical conditions. Although all the victims were infected with the virus, health authorities said Chikungunya may not have been the main cause of death.

The Puerto Rican Health Department was investigating whether two recent deaths were related to the virus, Fox News Latino reported.

PAHO confirmed 55 deaths linked to the virus in Martinique since last December, when the disease was first detected in the French side of St Martin.

Forty-nine deaths were reported in Guadeloupe, six in the Dominican Republic and three in St. Martin, where the virus was first found in the Americas.

A total of 644,686 suspected and 9,640 confirmed Chikungunya cases have been reported in the region as of Sept. 8, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, or CARPHA, said.

The regional organisations emphasised the importance of taking preventive measures to control the breeding locations of the mosquitoes that transmit the two viruses, especially at this time of year, the peak transmission season in the Caribbean due to increased rainfall.

Aedes aegypti is a mosquito that can spread the dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever viruses and other diseases. The mosquito can be recognised by white markings on its legs and a marking in the form of a lyre on the thorax. The mosquito originated in Africa, but is now found in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world.
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