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Health ministry warns public to expect swell in mosquito population

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Health is reminding the public to take the necessary precautions to reduce or eliminate all mosquito breeding sites.

The health ministry says it expects a significant increase in the mosquito populations arising from the recent flood rains.

The health ministry says the majority of these mosquito species are nuisance mosquitoes which do not transmit diseases in Jamaica.

But chief medical officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says persons bitten by these mosquitoes may experience major discomfort.

De La Haye further underscores that for persons who are allergic to insect bites, these mosquitoes may lead to secondary infection and dermatological issues.

Meanwhile, he says there is also to be an increase in the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses.

The CMO says the use of mosquito repellents is highly recommended, especially during the peak biting times of dusk and dawn.

Other protective measures include covering babies with mosquito nets and where possible, putting screens on windows and doors.