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Controlling Insect-Borne and Organism-Borne Diseases


There are several diseases that are transmitted by insects or other organisms in Trinidad and Tobago that are potentially hazardous to the health of citizens.  Some of these diseases include dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and hairy-moth infestation (which causes allergic skin reactions and respiratory ailments).  Insects, animals or other organisms that are capable of spreading disease to humans are called vectors.  The Insect Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health monitors and controls these insect and organism vectors.  The Unit also works in areas that have been flooded to prevent outbreaks of disease.




Insect vector control services

You should contact the Insect Vector Control Unit if any of the following occurs:

  • You have been diagnosed with dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, hairy-moth infestation or any other insect or organism-borne disease.
  • Members of your family, village or community have been diagnosed with any of the illnesses listed above.
  • Your community or area has been flooded and you are concerned about the outbreak of disease.
  • Your community or area has an unusually severe infestation of insects or other organisms that may spread disease.

The Insect Vector Control Unit will visit your area to assess the situation and will carry out appropriate measures to control the insect or organism vectors, if necessary.  Contact information for the Unit can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Travelling to areas with malaria

If you plan to travel to a country or area where malaria is present, you should visit the Unit prior to your departure.  Staff at the Unit can give you malaria prophylaxis (drugs that help protect you against malaria) and advice on how to avoid infection.  Please note that you must start taking malaria prophylaxis drugs one week prior to your departure and for four weeks after leaving the malarial area.  If you have a fever following a visit to a country in which malaria is common, you must contact the Unit immediately.  Malaria can be fatal, especially if it is not treated promptly.

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How long does it take to access these services?

Insect complaints are usually addressed within two weeks, with malaria prevention or treatment being addressed immediately.  Post-flooding management services to schools, residences, and other government buildings are executed as soon as possible after the flood waters have subsided.

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Where can I find more information?

For further information, please contact the Insect Vector Unit of the Ministry of Health. 

 

Insect Vector Unit

Ministry of Health

3 Queen Street

St. Joseph

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 663-2281/6

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

 

Insect Vector Control Unit

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Where can I find more information?

National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (NIPDEC)
Central Stores

Airway Drive

Chaguaramas

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 634-4406 / 4506

Fax. (868) 634-4357

E-mail: c40@nipdec.com
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

 

Pharmacy/Drug Inspectorate Division

Ministry of Health

63 Park Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad

Tel. (868) 627-0012

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

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