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Health Ministry says there are still significant mosquito breeding sites

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 11:00 AM
The parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and St Elizabeth have the highest concentration of breeding sites.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye says several communities across the island still have significant levels of mosquito breeding.

As a result, the Ministry of Health has renewed its appeal for persons to search for and destroy mosquito breeding sites especially in light of the confirmation of the zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya.

De La Haye says the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and St Elizabeth have the highest concentration of breeding sites.

But he notes that there are several areas in other parishes that are also of concern.

Preventing mosquito breeding:

*Regularly and routine search for breeding sites around the home, school, churches and business places and to destroy them.

*Repair leaking pipes and outdoor faucets

*Cut the grass low, trim shrubbery

*Clear roof gutters to prevent water from settling.

*Fill and drain any low places in the yard such as areas where there are usually puddles when it rains.

The zika virus is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of zika virus infection on January 29.

There have been no other confirmed cases of the virus locally.