While T&T has been Yellow Fever-free since the late 1970’s, it remains on the World Health Organisation’s list of countries with risk of the virus’ transmission.
T&T is listed among countries classified as having low potential for exposure to the virus in only some areas, with the remaining areas of the country classified as having no risk of exposure to the virus.
Speaking with our partners at LoopTT, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said he wrote to health body two months ago, requesting that this country be removed from the list.
He says the world health organisation is the body which will determine whether a virus is endemic to a country, and while it does not exist amongst T&T’s human population, the virus exists among the country’s red howler population.
The Minister sought to explain why T&T remains on the WHO list, noting that when hunters go into the forest and a mosquito bites a monkey with Yellow Fever and then bites a hunter, and the hunter comes out into civilisation that is how it can spread.
Minsiter Deyalsingh said the world health organisation is currently putting together a team to send to T&T to do an evaluation on the issue.
He assured that he is working “very hard” to have the country removed from the list.
THAT STORY COURTESY LOOPTT.COM