Carnival Goers Urged To Protect Against Zika

February 21, 2017

The Department of Health is urging people “travelling to Trinidad and Tobago for the upcoming carnival to protect themselves against Zika virus, which is present in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Minister of Health and Seniors, Jeanne Atherden said, “I urge carnival goers to protect themselves against the Zika virus due to its potential to cause health problems, in particular developmental problems for a baby during pregnancy.

“A person can contract Zika though a bite from an infected mosquito or through sexual contact with a person who has contracted the virus.”

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The Ministry said, “Imported cases make local spread possible because a type of mosquito that could potentially transmit the virus is found in Bermuda. The mosquitoes that could transmit Zika usually bite during the day.

“The travelling public is advised to:

  • 1. Use an EPA-approved insect repellent every time you go outside, and follow label instructions.
  • 2. Wear long sleeves and trousers when outside.
  • 3. Protect your sexual partner for six months after travel in a Zika-affected area by using condoms correctly and consistently.
  • 4. Use air conditioning or make sure doors and windows are screened to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • 5. Prevent mosquito bites for three weeks once home in Bermuda.

“Pregnant women, or those who wish to become pregnant, should avoid unnecessary travel to areas with known Zika virus, and if travel is necessary, take careful precautions against mosquito bites and sexual transmission.

“All travelers should monitor their health. If travelers to Zika-affected areas experience fever with joint pains, rash or conjunctivitis [pink eye], they should seek medical attention and inform the health care provider of their recent travel history. There is currently no vaccine for Zika and the health care provider will advise on how to treat any symptoms.

“The Department of Health will continue to test those suspected of having Zika virus. As we are frequent travelers, imported cases will occur from time to time. To date, Bermuda has confirmed six cases of travel-related [imported] Zika virus. There has been no local transmission.

The Ministry will update the public in the event of any additional confirmed cases here.

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  1. Will says:

    If anyone manages to bring zika in to the island they should be punished accordingly. Enough information is out there about how it’s contracted and where it’s contracted that ignorance is not an excuse. Bermuda right now is capitalising on being zika free so let’s keep it that way.

    • serengeti says:

      Why leave it there. Anyone coming back with flu or a cold should be punished. Thrown in prison until they learn their lesson. That will teach them.

    • Dock Yard says:

      SHUT Ya Azzzzz Up

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Ya hold on lemme jus tell de mosquito ay bra you can’t bite this arm todayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! ayyyye!

  2. Wahoo says:

    I am goin’ anyway zika schmika. Nothin’ gonna stop me from shakin’ my junk all over de place.

  3. I heart 441 says:

    Zika virus and all, they Jammin stillllllllllllll!!! lol

  4. Zikahhh says:

    It’s Carnival, they should be more worried about AIDS than Zika.

  5. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    Probably would be a good idea to get in the know when you’re dealing with viruses…and vaccines…you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t…

    There’s a lot of controversy about “vaccines” going on right now…too much to carry on right here.

  6. James Rego says:

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – A Turkish newspaper Monday reported that nine Trinidad and Tobago nationals were detained after the police nabbed a Syrian man suspected of attempting to smuggle them into southern Turkey to join the ISIS terrorist organisation.

    The “Daily Sabah” reported that the police had stopped a car with a license plate from southern Mersin province when it entered south-central Adana province with 10 people, including the driver and nine Trinidad and Tobago citizens.

    The paper reported that after an initial probe, police found the Syrian man, Asem H, was trying to take the Trinidad and Tobago nationals to the war-torn country, where they would have been recruited by ISIS.

    The Syrian suspect was remanded in custody after an appearance at a local court, while the nine Trinidad and Tobago nationals were transferred to Adana Provincial Migration Management for deportation procedures, the report said.

    This is not the first time that Trinidad and Tobago nationals associated with ISIS have been held by Turkish forces.

    In January this year, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that four Trinidad and Tobago nationals were among 961 foreign members of ISIS captured by Turkish forces.

    The newspaper referred to a list published in December of people captured from 57 countries.

    In April, the Trinidad and Tobago government said it was now “red-flagging” as potential threats to national security the families of men and women who went to Syria to fight for ISIS.

    An opposition legislator also claimed earlier this year that 400 nationals had been indoctrinated, radicalised and trained by ISIS…..

  7. PBanks says:

    I suspect that many of the people travelling for *Carnival* aren’t planning to go there to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts during the festivities :)