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Manchester Health Department threatening $1m fine for persons impeding mosquito control activities

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:31 AM

The Manchester Health Department is threatening sanctions of up to $1 million for people who refuse to allow health teams to access their premises to carry out mosquito control activities.

The Chief Public Health Inspector in Manchester, Charmaine Palmer Cross, says the Public Health Act gives inspectors the power to enter premises to execute these functions and anyone who prevent them can be prosecuted and fined. 

The Manchester Health Department has been increasing inspections as it heightens its vector control activities.

According to Palmer Cross, the health teams are searching for and destroying mosquito breeding sites; conducting health education about mosquito borne diseases; and serving notices on persons who fail to reduce mosquito breeding on their premises.

People who do not take steps to rid their premises of mosquito breeding sites can be fined up to $500,000.