Decrease Risks Of Mosquito Borne Diseases

Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 6, 2020 (ZIZ News): Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws says as there has been an increase in rainfall, there has been an upsurge in mosquitoes, and persons can help to decrease the mosquito population that spreads diseases such as Dengue.

Dr. Laws made this statement during her Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) Situation Report at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Press Briefing on Wednesday

She said that as the nation is already facing the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is important to prevent a Dengue outbreak.

Dr. Laws said that the season with the highest incidences of Dengue has begun.

The Chief Medical Officer further informed that the mosquitoes that usually spread Dengue bite during the day and night. These mosquitos spread other diseases including Chikungunya and Zika Virus, she said.

Dr. Laws stated that persons need to protect babies and children by making sure they are properly attired. She gave other advice about preventing mosquitoes around the home.

She recommended that at least once per week, carefully emptying and scrubbing all containers that hold water. She noted other measures persons can take to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws.

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