More rain on the way: act against mosquito breeding

POSTED: 08/20/12 5:12 PM

St. Maarten – The section general public health appealed in a press release issued yesterday to residents to be vigilant and eradicate mosquito breeding places, and to maintain a high level of prevention during the coming weeks where an increase in rainfall activity is expected.
“I am asking everyone to do their share to help in this prevention action. Please do your part,” Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius De Weever said on Sunday:
Measures need to be taken in and around homes and businesses to reduce breeding of the Ades Aegypti mosquito which has the potential to transmit dengue and chikungunya fever.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Chikungunya fever is an emerging, mosquito-borne disease caused by an alphavirus, Chikungunya virus.
Clear stagnant water in old tires and other types of debris in yards can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes bringing about an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
The public health section advises to take immediate measures after rainfall to make sure there is no stagnant water in their yards, and to get rid of old tires, empty drums, plant containers, paint cans and other items that can collect water.
Containers that are used for storing water should be kept covered. Inlets and outlets of cisterns must be covered with a mosquito net or cloth.
Staying indoors at dawn and dusks, wearing long pants and sleeves, using insect repellant, and installing mosquito screens in outdoor deck and porch areas and exterior doors and windows are measures that offer protection against mosquito bites,

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