Emergency mosquito fogging begins Wednesday

POSTED: 02/3/14 12:15 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Collective Preventive Services (CPS), advises residents of Belvedere, Dutch Quarter including Union Farm and Garden of Eden, and Middle Region that a cycle of emergency mosquito fogging will start on Wednesday.

Homeowners during the time of the spraying should open all doors and windows. Dishes, bowls, pots and pans, fish tanks and bird cages should be covered. Stay away from open windows and doors during the spraying, de government department of communication stated in a press release.

The fogging is an effort by government to fight the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses if infected.  Chikungunya is similar to dengue.

Residents must bear in mind that fogging is not a total solution to eliminate mosquitos.  Fogging activity is kept to a minimum to prevent the mosquito population from developing immunity to the chemicals that are deployed.

Residents are strongly advised to continue with measures at homes and businesses to mitigate the rise in the viruses carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes lay their eggs in clean stagnant water.  The diseases attributed to the mosquito are dengue and chikungunya.  To mitigate the number of cases, elimination of mosquito breeding places and preventing mosquitoes from feeding are priority actions.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is most active at dawn and dusk, but residents and visitors should use mosquito repellent throughout the day to ward them off.

An increase in the mosquito population puts all residents and businesses at risk. For information about the Aedes Aegypti mosquito breeding sites and respective preventive measures call 542-2078 or 542-3003 or email surveillance@sintmaartengov.org.  Consult your physician to ensure proper diagnosis, registration, treatment and follow-up.



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