People who do not comply with protocols related to Zika and other health issues could find themselves facing stiffer penalties, including jail time, as officials in Trinidad and Tobago ramp up efforts to fight the mosquito-borne virus which surfaced in the twin-island republic last week.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says after reviewing the existing regulations, which provide for a fine of TT$500, he proposes a maximum fine of TT$3,500, and consideration is also being given to increasing the prison term for people found guilty of not taking precautionary measures against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.

The first Zika case, a 61-year-old woman, was confirmed in the twin-island republic last Wednesday, but there are now two more people suspected of having the virus.

Their blood samples have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), for testing.

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