Small Mammals from Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago

Elisha S. Tikasingh


The Trinidad Regional Virus Laboratory (TRVL) established in 1952 had as its main objective the study of arboviruses (viruses transmitted by insects, ticks and mites) from various parts of Trinidad. The Chaguaramas area however, at that time was a United States Naval Station and not available for studies. Eventually, the Trinidad and Tobago Government gained control of that area and placed it under the jurisdiction of the Chaguaramas Development Authority. Since the area was earmarked for development and with possible increases of human activity, it was thought necessary to monitor that area for arbovirus activity. Initially, work was started in December 1969, but because of the military uprising in April 1970, studies came to an abrupt end.

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