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St Thomas Health Department to attack dengue, yellow fever-carrying mosquitoes

Published:Tuesday | March 18, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Jolyn Bryan, Gleaner Writer



ST THOMAS, Jamaica:

The St Thomas Health Department is to undertake a series of vector control exercises across the parish in response to a reported increase in the aedes aegypti mosquito population.




The aedes aegypti is the vector mosquito that transmits dengue and yellow fever.



Chief Public Health Inspector, Pauline Ellington, says the index for measuring the mosquito population had risen above the acceptable international standard.



She says a rise in the index could lead to an epidemic of dengue and yellow fever.



In addition to the spraying of several communities in the parish, the health department will also focus on a public educational drive, to highlight the dangers of inadequate care in water storage, which contributes to the breeding of mosquitoes.



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