pic_rabiesRabies is a fatal zoonotic disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals that affects the nervous system of warm-blooded animals.

History of Rabies in Trinidad and Tobago

Vampire bat-transmitted rabies was first recognized in Trinidad by a local researcher Dr. Joseph Pawan in 1931 when he isolated the virus from the brain of an abnormally behaving bat. Over the last century, bat-transmitted rabies in Trinidad has evolved from a mysterious syndrome causing significant loss of both human and animal life to a vaccine-controllable disease of ruminants.

Further reading on the history of rabies


Rabies Factsheet


Anti-Rabies Unit (ARU)

The objectives of the Anti-rabies Unit include:

  • To monitor and control populations of vampire bats in Trinidad
  • To contain outbreaks of paralytic rabies on the island
  • To reduce the incidence of paralytic rabies cases in animals and humans and;
  • To monitor populations of non-vampire bat species

More information on the Anti-Rabies Unit

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