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Increase in mosquito population not likely to cause disease spread, says health ministry

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 10:20 PM
Bullock DuCasse ... the mosquitoes now causing concern for many citizens have increased in numbers because these types lay their eggs in the soil during the dry period and once it rains the eggs hatch.

The health ministry says while the increase in the mosquito population can cause discomfort, these insects do not generally spread diseases.

According to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, the mosquitoes now causing concern for many citizens have increased in numbers because these types lay their eggs in the soil during the dry period and once it rains the eggs hatch.

She says the ministry and the Regional Health Authorities are enhancing their vector control activities across all parishes.

Bullock DuCasse says focus will also be placed on schools at this time, but persons may contact the health department in their parish to report any area they believe may need to be fogged.

The Ministry is also advising persons to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from mosquitoes. 

Dr. DuCasse says persons can put mesh on doors and windows, use insect repellent, wear long sleeved clothing and use insecticides to kill adult mosquitoes.

She also says since these mosquitoes are mostly active at dusk and dawn, people should avoid outdoor activities and keep homes locked up during this time.