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Jamaicans urged to get rid of mosquito breeding sites

The Ministry of Health is once again encouraging Jamaicans to ensure that their surroundings do not have mosquito breeding sites.

Speaking at an Information Lab in Jamaica Information Service on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer and National Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health, Dr. Karen Webster Kerr indicated that recent heavy rains have provided encouraging conditions for mosquito breeding .

He noted that while there is no current outbreak of dengue, with only five cases reported, so far, people still need to take precautions. the necessary caution to stay safe from illness, as well as CHIK-V and Zika.

"The last outbreak of dengue we had was small in 2016. We also had a bigger one in 2012, but people should remember that we are endemic to these mosquito-borne diseases, which means that the mosquitoes that carry them are still present, even if they are not present on a large scale, "explained Dr. Webster Kerr.

It is for This reason, he emphasized, is that Jamaicans should inspect the environment regularly to make sure that the areas are free of debris and containers that can collect water.

Medical entomologist at the Ministry of Health, Sherine Huntley Jones, said that while the activities undertaken by the ministry were tarnished to eradicate adult mosquitoes, larvae will still be left behind.

"Therefore, it is important that we do our cleaning and cleaning at the community level and form a partnership to create a mosquito-free environment." she stood out.

The ministry, he said, will continue to implement strategies to assist in the mosquito eradication process, one of which is the introduction of temporary workers trained in 2016.

These workers, known as vector control auxiliaries, help to the ministry in its surveillance and implementation of its various vector control programs.

"This is a project that will continue every year, and these workers are brought in based on information from epidemiological data and the cycle of disease transmission, in an effort to help with monitoring and control," he said. Huntley Jones.

He noted that vital work is currently being undertaken by he launched the Mosquito Research and Control Unit, which is a joint venture between the ministry and the University of the West Indies.

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