Mosquito fogging tentatively planned for May

POSTED: 04/11/11 12:17 PM

St. Maarten – The Section General Public Health of the Collective Prevention Services (CPS), an executing agency of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, announced that mosquito fogging is tentatively planned for the month of May. A schedule of the dates and which districts will be vector controlled will be announced at a later time.

In the meantime, the department has advised that the only way to prevent dengue virus transmission is to combat the disease-carrying mosquitoes. Based on the fact that reports of dengue fever in the Caribbean are prevalent, Section General Public Health is requesting residents to remain vigilant in executing measures in eradicating mosquito breeding places. The assistance of the community is requested to protect themselves, their family and their neighbor from the Aedes Agypti mosquito by means of minimizing mosquito breeding places in their surroundings and close environment.

Preventive actions that every household and each resident should take are: removal of debris, old tires and standing clear/clean water in yards (usually are the main source and breeding ground for mosquitoes bringing about an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases).  These areas should be immediately eliminated. Immediately check for clear/clean standing water in roof spouts, empty drums, buckets, jars, birdbaths, boats, plant containers, saucers, paint cans and other items that can collect water around your homes and businesses. Where clear/clean standing water exists, one can use small amounts of kerosene, just to cover the surface as a measure to prevent mosquito breeding or just get rid of the container.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults, but seldom causes death. Consultation with your physician is imperative for proper treatment and registration of the dengue fever case to ensure adequate follow-up by CPS.

Anyone requiring information concerning measures to prevent mosquito breeding or to report areas of mosquito breeding place(s), overgrown vegetation etc should immediately call CPS at 542-2078.

 

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