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Health Ministry warns of prosecution for improper garbage disposal in ZIKV fight

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:04 PM

The Health Ministry is warning that it will begin to prosecute people who continue to improperly dispose garbage and other potential water receptacles despite its efforts to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland says the delinquents will be prosecuted under the Public Health Regulations.

The government has been intensifying efforts to reduce the mosquito population that spread the zika virus and dengue fever.

"I can put us on notice that where we have places which have been breaching our regulations we are going to now have to use the public health regulations to correct this problem," Copeland told Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106 FM today.

 

Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr Sonia Copeland

Jamaica has now recorded five confirmed cases of the zika virus.

The Health Ministry has been urging people to ensure that their homes are free of breeding sites to reduce the possibility of a further spread of zika and dengue.