High mosquito breeding in some communities


February 12, 2016

Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye says several communities across the island still have significant levels of mosquito breeding.

The Ministry of Health is, therefore, continuing its appeal for persons to search for and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, especially in light of the confirmation of the Zika virus on the island and the continued circulation of other mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya.

"We are finding that, despite the information that we have put out, several communities still have high levels of breeding for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. We cannot stress enough the importance of persons taking individual action and responsibility where this issue is concerned. This is the only way that we will make any significant gains in the fight against Zika and these other diseases," De La Haye pointed out.

stagnant water

Some of the areas with the highest concentration of mosquito-breeding sites are in the parishes of Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, and St Elizabeth. There are several areas in other parishes that are also of concern.

The Zika virus is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito breeds in clear, stagnant water primarily in areas where people live and gather, including the home, school, business place and church.

"This is why the removal and prevention of mosquito- breeding sites have to be a partnership with the people. The Government cannot do it alone. We urge persons to make it a part of their routine," De La Haye said.

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