Fogging chemicals won't affect humans - ministry

January 22, 2016

The Ministry of Health is advising that all chemicals used in its vector control programmes are effective and have no significant adverse impact on humans.

This assurance was given by Medical Entomologist in the Ministry, Sherine Huntley Jones, who sought to allay fears about the effectiveness of the chemicals being used for mosquito fogging.

"We have detected resistance to one of our chemicals and the ministry has replaced that chemical ... so, all the chemicals used currently in the programme are effective in dealing with the Aedes aegypti mosquito," she said.




The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is found in and around areas where people live, work and play, transmit the Zika Virus (ZikV).

Huntley Jones said the ministry uses the chemicals as per the manufacturers recommendation. "So the chemicals are safe," she added.

She informed that before the fogging team goes into a community, announcements are made asking persons who have respiratory illnesses to take certain actions.

These actions include covering their nose with a wet rag or not to be present in the area that is going to be fogged.

ZikV symptoms include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash, and swelling of the lower limbs.

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