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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago : Probe into what may be second dengue death

An article from Guardian, excerpt :

" Investigations are continuing into the death of a Wallerfield security guard. At a news conference yesterday at the Ministry of Health’s head office, Port-of-Spain, chairman of the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) Dr Stephen Bhagan said the investigation into possible dengue victim Nicolas Marin, 21, had started. Marin died on February 8 at the Sangre Grande Hospital.

Questions were raised by family members about the cause of death on Marin’s death certificate. The certificate stated the cause of death as an arboviral illness. Chief Medical Officer Anton Cumberbatch explained to the the media that a dengue screening test was administered at the hospital which returned with a negative result. Cumberbatch said: “The screening tests may be inconclusive and samples were taken at the post-mortem that will be tested to determine the actual cause of death."

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