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Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Program. Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. B. Shivnauth Principal Medical Officer (EH) Ministry of Health. Background. Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island state Most Southerly Caribbean island Estimated population: 1.3 million. Map of Trinidad and Tobago.

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lymphatic filariasis lf program

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Program

Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. B. Shivnauth

Principal Medical Officer (EH)

Ministry of Health

background
Background
  • Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island state
  • Most Southerly Caribbean island
  • Estimated population: 1.3 million

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map of trinidad and tobago
Map of Trinidad and Tobago

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mission statement
Mission Statement
  • The mission of IVCD is to provide a service for the protection of the nation’s health from vector-borne diseases through the application of safe, affective and economical integration of all appropriate, sustainable vector-control measures that are acceptable to the people of
      • Trinidad and Tobago

within prescribed limits.

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age and gender demographics
Age and Gender Demographics
  • Slightly more males 50.15 % compared to females 49.85 % (population 1,262,366)
  • 20-39 year age group comprises the largest proportion (31.9 %)
  • Slightly more males than females in all age groups except in the 60+ age group

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government health facilities
Government Health Facilities
  • There are
    • 105 health centers (HC)
    • 10 Hospitals (3 major hospitals)
    • 4 District Health Facilities
  • Number of HC ranged from 8 to19 per county, with Tobago having the largest number.

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health professionals 2004
Health Professionals 2004
  • Health professionals numbered 6,618
    • Nurses and midwives comprised 34.9 %
    • Physicians 19.5%
    • Nursing Assistants, Nursing Aides 32.9%
    • Pharmacists comprised 7.7%

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regional bancroftian lf
Regional Bancroftian LF
  • Endemic countries include
    • Dominican Republic
    • Haiti
    • Guyana
  • Listed as positive by the World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Suriname
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Costa Rica
  • In the Americas, 300,000 LF cases, including Brazil (WHO)

Lymphatic Filariasis Program, Trinidad & Tobago

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international lf collaboration
International LF Collaboration
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
  • Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC)

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synergies with other public health interventions
Synergieswith other Public-Health Interventions
  • Dual screening of blood smears in primarily malaria surveillance
  • Recent identification of W. bancrofti and P. vivax in imported case in December 2004
  • Active community Surveillance System using blood smears
  • Random smears of Pyrexia of unknown Origin at Health facilities

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historical trend of lf in trinidad tobago 1
Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (1)

1893–1937

  • Average cases per year
    • 24 elephantiasis cases
    • 54 hydrocele

Source: T&T Surgeon General Report

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historical trend of lf in trinidad tobago 2
Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (2)
  • 5% positive microfilaria
  • 6.7% had elephantiasis n=500

1902 George A. Vincent Survey

Patients from Port of Spain Colonial Hospital, St. Ann\'s and private practitioners

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (3)

1908 George C. Low Survey

N=400

10.8 % Positive for microfilaria

(44.2 % symptomatic)

(55.8 % asymptomatic)

(n=43)

20.8% had elephantiasis

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (4)

1909 A.B. Herrick Survey

1 case Chyluria

Case was Trinidadian but lived in Panama for 22 years

Positive for microfilaria

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (5)

1928

Low prevalence of LF

n=33,970

0.1% 1945 Platzer

0.0003% 1961 Beve

Naval base employee survey

T&T Surgeon General Report

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (6)

1976 Nelson & Davis

6.3% positive for microfilaria

n=300

Elephantiasis & Hydrocele

reported in north coast village

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (7)

1978-1979, Nathan 1981, Nathan 1982

Blanchisseuse survey

n=562

15.3% positive for microfilaria

2.1% amicrofilaria with lymphoedema

16.7% (n=12) had elephantiasis

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (8)

Nathan 1981

Human bait capture mosquito population

2.1% infected with 0.1% with mature larvae

Resting vector population

7.0% infected with 0.1% with mature larvae

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (9)

Nathan 1987

DEC efficacy survey in 1980–1981

Dosage was 6mg/kg body weight monthly for one year

(Apr. 1980 – Apr. 1981)

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (10)

Nathan 1987 cont’d

Survey Results

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Historical Trend of LFin Trinidad & Tobago (11)

Chadee 1995

12 years post treatment

66.92% of total population sampled in 1992

(n=520)

All negative for microfilariae

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Criteria for Elimination of LF

Cumulative 5-year transmission rate is < 1 new infection per 1000 individuals

Consensus at 50th World Health Assembly

Request for certification of elimination was made in 2002

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Monitoring

Ongoing risk of re-introduction of LF from imported cases originating in endemic countries

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Epidemiological Monitoring 1

Blood smearing in community surveys serves dual purpose for LF and malaria surveillance

Immunochromatographic Card Testing (ICT) 1998

(Rawlins et al. 2000)

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Epidemiological Monitoring 2

Results ICT 1998

211 Adults from 8 locations in north, central and south Trinidad

139 Children from previously endemic Blanchisseuse and neighboring Matelot and Grand Reviere

All results were negative included adults treated in 1981 DEC campaign

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Vector Surveillance Chadee et al. 2002

Xenomonitoring of Culex quinquefasiatus

Uses blood-engorged resting mosquitoes rather than ethically questionable Human Bait captures

Collection using electrical or mouth respirators

‘Cocoyear broom’ flushing technique for hard-to-reach mosquitoes

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Xenomonitoring

Results

3000 Culex quinquefasciatus from 1400 households in St. George and Caroni

3-6 Culex quinquefasciatus collected per household

Stored mosquitoes not yet analyzed by PCR-based assay

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Challenges 1

Detection of imported cases from “underground visitors”

Need a humane and diplomatic approach

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Challenges 2

Promotion of Regional inter-country communication linkages:

This may assist in the management of the aforementioned problem.

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Challenges 3

Technical corporation and assistance needed for epidemiological and vector surveillance on an ongoing basis

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