No cases of the Zika virus have surfaced in Trinidad and Tobago, but Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh has declared a national public health emergency as a result of the threat of the virus, even as the World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to determine whether to declare an international emergency.

He said that stance was being taken because of the spread of the virus across more than 20 countries in the Americas. With the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for spreading Zika, in the twin-island republic, the minister added, its arrival was inevitable.

In making the announcement on Friday at a media conference, Deyalsingh said that under the initiative, the Ministries of Local Government and National Security and other State agencies that have a stake in environmental concerns will collaborate to increase fogging, spraying and dissemination of information to the public.

Soldiers will assist in this regard.

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