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150,000 mosquito breeding sites destroyed last month

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 1:08 PM

The National Vector Control Programme is reporting that about 150,000 mosquito breeding sites were last month destroyed by its team of special community health recruited as part of its Zika virus (ZIKV) preparation initiative.

Programme manager Sherine Huntley Jones, says the team of 1,000 workers also visited 45,000 homes and distributed 200,000 information leaflets on the virus.

According to Huntley Jones, the team visited high-risk areas islandwide to check for the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits ZIKV.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito also transfers Dengue Fever and the Chikungunya virus. 

Huntley Kones says while some people have been receptive to the prevention programme, others are not taking action to minimise mosquito breeding sites.

 

Manager of National Vector Control Programme, Sherine Huntley Jones

She says the health ministry is actively monitoring the ZIKV situation in the region and will continue to further heighten its prevention activities.

Huntley Jones also says it is expected that another cycle of the intervention programme will be implemented by month end.