CPS warns again about mosquito breeding sites

POSTED: 08/4/16 11:36 AM

St.maarten–After the recent rainfall, the Collective Preventive Services (CPS) calls on citizens to wear light colored clothing at dusk, long-sleeved shirts and pants and to use mosquito repellent to prevent being bitten by a mosquito that could possibly be carrying a disease.

Those who suspect that they have a mosquito-borne disease should consult their family physician who based on the symptoms should refer people to the SLS lab to confirm the clinical diagnosis.

Physicians report suspected cases of Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue to the CPS. This service will contact patients for a follow up about mosquito breeding sites in their immediate surroundings.

The CPS surveillance team also identifies other epidemiological linked cases and informs people about protection, exposure, and prevention.

CPS re-enforces its message that all residents and businesses need to take proactive measures to prevent mosquitos from breeding.

Actively destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase or in pet dishes for more than two days. Throw out the water and turn them over every time it collects water.

Screen off cistern outlets, cover and screen septic tanks properly.

An increase in the mosquito population puts residents and visitors at risk. For information about dengue fever, zika and chikungunya prevention measures and to report mosquito breeding sites call CPS at 542 20 78 or 542 30 03 or send an email to surveillance

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