Chikungunya infected urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites to help stem virus spread
Persons infected with the chikungunya virus are being urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites during their infectious period to avoid spreading the virus to others.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse made the appeal today.
DuCasse said infected persons should take measures including sleeping under a mosquito net, using insect repellent, staying in a home which has screens on doors and windows and covering their bodies as much as possible for at least seven days after the onset of fever.
DuCasse said, “Persons remain infectious for seven days after the onset of fever. This means if a mosquito bites these persons they will be able to spread the virus to others. We therefore appeal to them to reduce the chances of being bitten to assist in stemming the spread of the virus”.
Infected persons are being encouraged to limit their movements from place to place and avoid mosquito bites wherever they go during the seven day period.
Individuals are advised to spray inside their homes to kill adult mosquitoes especially during the seven day period.
“Members of the household should continue to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes especially during the infectious period,” DuCasse stated.
Persons are being encouraging to continue to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites at least twice per week to reduce the mosquito population and slow the spread of vector borne diseases including chikungunya.
Individuals are also urged to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes, businesses, places of worship and schools 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.
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