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Government continues ZIKV town hall meetings

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 7:00 AM

In its fight to control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Ministry of Health is continuing its series of islandwide town hall meetings aimed at sensitising the public and strengthening community intervention.

The next scheduled town hall meeting, which is part of the Government's Phase Two response to fighting the virus, will take place on Thursday at the Sandy Banks Primary School in St Elizabeth, starting at 5:30 p.m.

"We will continue our drive for the full participation of every segment of the society as we seek to reduce the impact of the Zika virus on individuals, communities, health and other sectors, productivity and the workplace, as well as the economy," noted Minister of Health Christopher Tufton.

The Zika virus is mainly spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever.

The Government has been carrying out several initiatives as it aims to reduce the mosquito-breeding population.

With data showing that fogging only controls approximately 30 per cent of the Aedes aegypti population (mainly because the breed is always hiding inside homes), the public education has consistently been targeted to householders to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in and around homes, the community and other areas where people congregate.