aedes-aegypti-mosquitoThere is no need to panic or worry.

This is the assurance given to citizens even with news that a yellow fever outbreak has killed over 400 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola and is set to spread to Central Africa and beyond.

Medical authorities have described this latest outbreak as the largest in decades and they fear that the outbreak may go global.

The World Health Organization launched a vaccination campaign on Tuesday with the intent to vaccinate more than 14 million people in affected areas.

However Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Clive Teeluckdharry in an interview with News Power Now this morning revealed that Trinidad and Tobago had a successful vaccination program.


Democratic Republic of Congo launches yellow fever vaccination drive

He acknowledged that while there is an outbreak internationally, he’s not concerned about its effect on Trinidad and Tobago.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Clive Teeluckdharry

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus also transmits yellow fever.

Symptoms range from fever to jaundice to liver disease with bleeding.

Although severe symptoms are rare, the virus is fatal to half the people who develop them.

There is no cure for yellow but there is a vaccine to protect against it.