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JTA recommends clean-up day in schools to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 2:56 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is recommending that schools organise to have clean-up days on their compounds to get rid of mosquito-breeding sites.

Jamaica is currently trying to combat the spread of the Chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by the same mosquito that carries dengue.

JTA president, Doran Dixon, says vigilance is key and schools should take all the necessary practical steps to prevent the spread of dengue and Chikungunya.

The Education Ministry has indicated that four schools have been affected by Chikungunya-like symptoms in the last two weeks.

The named schools are the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport and McCaulay Primary School in St Catherine, Melrose Primary in Kingston and Morant Bay High School in St Thomas.

The Health Ministry says there are 24 confirmed cases of Chikungunya.

However, last week, the portfolio minister Dr Fenton Ferguson indicated that the actual number of cases could be more than 70.

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