Four out of five of the new and emerging viruses that have gone global over the past decade or so, have originated in animals and jumped to humans.
Professor of Veterinary Virology at UWI, Professor Christopher Oura, made the connection between animals, humans and transmission of Dengue, Ebola, Chikungunya and Influenza, on today’s Morning Brew show on CNC3.
According to Professor Oura, when viruses are in a place where there is close contact between humans and animals, it is easy for them to make that jump.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is urging citizens who were planning to travel to china, to avoid doing so, unless it is absolutely necessary.
The minister issued the public advisory on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today:
“I am urging everyone who is thinking about going to China for non-essential travel to please, not go. It is not in your best interest to go to China at this point in time.”
The health minister is encouraging citizens who have recently travelled to China, or who know someone who has, to get themselves to the nearest health facility.
If you are travelling to this country from the United States or the Asian continent, then prepare to be screened.
Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, has confirmed that screening has begun at the Piarco International Airport and the ANR Robinson International Airport as the first line of defence against the deadly coronavirus—2019 NCOV—which first presented in Wuhan, China.