Schools urged to seek out and destroy mosquito breeding sites
The Ministry of Health is encouraging School Administrators to continue efforts to ensure that mosquito breeding sites are removed from school grounds.
Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says this should be an ongoing exercise.
She says the Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads Chikungunya mostly bites in the day time and is generally found in and around places where people gather including schools.
Bullock Ducasse adds that recent rainfall may have provided opportunities for mosquitoes to breed.
As a result she says it important for School Administrators to take the time to ensure that anything that can collect water is removed from school grounds.
Persons can search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites by getting rid of old tyres and containers in which water can settle, punching holes in tins before disposing, and covering large drums, barrels and tanks holding water.
The Health Ministry says individuals should also protect themselves and children from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET.
Persons are also being advised to cover their body as much as possible by wearing long sleeved clothing and putting mesh on doors and windows.
Twenty one cases of Chikungunya have so far been confirmed in the country.
The affected parishes remain St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann and Kingston and St Andrew.
There have been no deaths.
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