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ZIKV Alert: Health Ministry says mosquito-fogging chemicals effective

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 1:19 PM

The Health Ministry is seeking to assure that the chemicals being used for mosquito fogging are effective.

There have been concerns that the aedes aegyti mosquitoes which transmits the Zika virus (ZIKV) have developed a resistance to the chemical.

Jamaica is now on alert for the possible introduction of the mosquito-transmitted virus which has already been detected in 19 other countries.

Speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing this morning Manager of the National Vector Control Programme, Sherine Huntley Jones sought to allay fears about the effectiveness of the chemical being used for mosquito fogging.

 

Manager of National Vector Control Programme, Sherine Huntley Jones

The Health Minister Horace Dalley is appealing to Jamaicans to do their part in helping to prevent the disease.

He said too many people have not been taking the necessary precaution.

 

Health Minister, Horace Dalley

He also restated that the Government will be upgrading the lab at the University Hospital to allow for Zika testing in Jamaica.

At present, samples have to be sent to Trinidad for testing.

The Government has budgeted $200 million to prepare for the virus.