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Reduce mosquito breeding sites - ministry reminds Jamaicans to be vigilant

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 9:58 AM
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye notes that when it rains, all uncovered containers become potential mosquito breeding sites.

The Ministry of Health is continuing to appeal to the public to take the necessary precautions to reduce or eliminate breeding sites as the country experiences increased rainfall.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye notes that when it rains, all uncovered containers become potential mosquito breeding sites.

He says this increases the mosquito population and the risk for the spread of diseases such as Zika, chikungunya and dengue.

Dr De La Haye says these breeding sites are found around homes, schools, churches, workplaces and anywhere else people gather for extended periods of time.

Individuals should get rid of mosquito breeding sites by looking for anything in which water can settle and either cover it, keep the area dry, clean it regularly, fill it with soil or sand, punch holes into it and recycle or properly dispose of it.

The health ministry says 45 gallon drums have been identified as the leading breeding site for the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes in and around our homes.

The appropriate cover for these drums include a mesh cover with elastic bands around the perimeter to hold it securely to the containers.

The holes in the mesh used should be small enough so that mosquitoes cannot enter.