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22 prisoners transferred to facilitate mosquito fogging at Port Antonio lock-up

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:05 PM

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

Twenty-two prisoners have been transferred from the Port Antonio police station lock-up to facilitate fogging on the cell blocks as the ministry of health steps up its drive against the dreaded Zika virus.

The move is part of a joint initiative between the Portland health department and the police, as they seek to rid the cell block and other areas of the station yard of suspected mosquito breeding sites.

Acting commander in charge of the Portland police division, Deputy Superintendent of Police Oral Harrison says it’s a proactive measure as there are no suspected cases of the Zika among the prisoners.

He also says there are no reports of any incident of the Zika virus among any inmates throughout the division.

However, he says the authorities are wary of the threat, and therefore the appropriate measures are being taken to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of the mosquito-borne disease being spread.

The prisoners were transferred yesterday afternoon to a facility at the new courthouse at Bryan’s Bay.