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Mosquito breeding soars but Health Ministry says no fogging until rain stops

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 10:18 PM

The Health Ministry is indicating that despite the increase in the mosquito population it cannot do any fogging until the current rains stop.

The Meteorological Service has forecast another three days of rain being induced by a trough affecting parts of the Caribbean.

In a release late Monday, the Health Ministry urged people to destroy mosquito breeding sites and protect themselves from bites as the rainfall now being experienced is expected to result in increased mosquito breeding.

"Mosquitoes can lay their eggs during the dry season and these will hatch as soon as enough water is available,” said Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, chief medical officer, adding that the current rainfall has facilitated that environment.

She says keeping the surroundings free of potential mosquito breeding sites would reduce the likelihood of an environment for the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the dengue and chikungunya viruses.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Health says through its Parish Health Departments, it continues to routinely fog selected areas to eliminate adult mosquitoes.

It's encouraging people to contact the health department in their parish to report any area that they believe needs fogging.