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Health ministry urges individuals to comply with mosquito fogging

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 6:00 AM

Everton Baker, director of environmental health at the Ministry of Health, is urging members of the public to cooperate with mosquito foggers when they visit their communities as the ministry puts measures in place to stem the zika virus (ZIKV) threat.

"We are expecting the public to cooperate by opening up their windows and doors to allow the smoke to penetrate the home because the Aedes mosquito in particular usually perches in closets and other dark places in the home, so we expect them to do that. As for persons with dry respiratory conditions, they could relocate temporarily or use a damp rag to protect themselves. Whatever we use is recommended by the manufacturer and it is safe for use," he told The Gleaner.

"For the normal healthy person, there is no problem. Some people are turned off by the odour, but for the greater good, they should comply. The smoke doesn't last very long. It dissipates in short order and it is important that we knock down the adult mosquitoes as quickly as possible, for even though they may hatch tomorrow, at least we can reduce the risk of any transmission. It will be good for everybody to cooperate to reduce the number of Aedes in particular," Baker added.