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Two new swine flu cases in Trinidad and Tobago

world Updated: Jun 17, 2009 07:33 IST

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The number of confirmed swine flu cases in Trinidad and Tobago jumped to eight, the highest in the Eastern Caribbean, health officials said.

The latest two victims are a police officer and a member of the country's volleyball team.

"A police officer has been diagnosed positive with the H1N1 virus. Another officer, who was displaying symptoms of the virus was sent on leave until results of the tests are revealed", police service officials said yesterday.

Earlier yesterday, Health Minister Jerry Narace said one member of the Trinidad and Tobago volleyball team "was confirmed positive for H1N1. Other team members are currently being screened and tested for the virus, confirmatory results are expected today."

The team played in an international volleyball tournament from May 31st, with six other countries, including Aruba, Bermuda, Antigua and Suriname.

The health ministry said at least 25 individuals suspected of carrying the virus are also being monitored and tests have been taken and sent to the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) for confirmation.

One high school remains closed after one student tested positive a week ago, with at least two other students displaying symptoms.