Heavy rains force closure of Cole Bay School

POSTED: 11/30/11 7:20 AM

GREAT BAY – The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) has appealed for residents to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding after the island experienced two days of rainfall. The heavy showers caused the closure of the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Cole Bay, while all other schools remained open after an early morning inspection by the Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Vromi) and businesses operated as normal. Motorists were advised to drive with caution on public roads and along hill sides. Emergency services kept a close eye on the situation over night and report that flood waters have been slowly draining away.

        Even though the waters are subsiding Collective Prevention Services has urged people take measures in and around their homes and businesses to reduce breeding of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The bug is mostly found in domestic environments as a result of human activity and has the potential to transmit dengue fever.

One of the best measures is getting rid of clear stagnant water in old tires and other types of debris in yards as these can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and increase the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Other potential breeding grounds are empty drums, plant containers, paint cans and other items that can collect water around their homes and businesses.  Containers used for storing water, should be kept covered. Inlets and outlets of cisterns must be covered with a mosquito net or cloth to prevent mosquito breeding. 

People should also use repellent and wear long sleeve shirts/blouses and pants to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. There should also be screens at windows and doors.

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