Published: Aug 17, 2011 10:21 PM EDT

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) - Doctors in Trinidad say the Caribbean island's prime minister is among the nearly 1,700 people who have been diagnosed with dengue.
    
Trinidad's health minister says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has a mild form of the mosquito-born virus and is expected to recover. Dr. Fuad Khan says the leader likely contracted the disease during a recent walking tour in the capital of Port-of-Spain.
    
The prime minister's office released a statement late Tuesday saying Persad-Bissessar is working from home.
    
Khan says Trinidad is fighting a dengue outbreak and warns people to take precautions.
    
An 8-year-old Trinidadian girl died earlier this month from the more severe hemorrhagic dengue after being released from a hospital.

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