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No aerial spraying for Jamaica in ZIKV fight

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 1:57 PM
Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye said the country has tried aerial spraying before.

The health ministry says Jamaica is not considering going the route of aerial spraying in its fight against the Zika virus (ZIKA).

In light of the heightened Zika scare, Florida began the aerial spraying of insecticides yesterday in an attempt to kill mosquitoes in and around sections of Miami.

The first known cases of local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus in the United States were recorded in Miami.

Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye said the country has tried aerial spraying before.

However, he says the practice was discontinued because other insects were being impacted.

 

Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye

Meanwhile, Dr De La Haye says the ministry has increased the number of on-the-ground vector control equipment.

 

Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye