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 (causes allergic skin reactions and respiratory ailments). Insects, animals or other organisms that are capable of spreading disease to humans are called vectors. The mission of the Insect Vector Control Division is to provide a service for the protection of the nation’s health from vector borne diseases through the application of safe, effective and economical integration of all appropriate and sustainable vector control measures. Towards this end, the unit monitors and controls insect and organism vectors by engaging in detection and surveillance activities with a view to preventing the outbreak of diseases. The Division also works in areas that have been flooded to prevent outbreaks of disease. The Insect Vector Control Division can be contacted 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.
Jerningham Junction Extension Road
Telephone: (868)-612-4823 ext. 5402
Fax : 693-2006