How you're helping cause the spread of Zika

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 13:15

The Ministry of Health says citizens are not doing enough to stop the spread of the Zika virus.

The Ministry has issued a statement on the number of items found that are encouraging the breeding of mosquitoes.

The following is the statement by the Ministry of Health.

"On Thursday, August 11th, 2016, the Minister of Health together with the Insect Vector Control Division, officials from the Ministry of National Security and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation visited Boissiere Village, Maraval to conduct a mosquito eradication exercise.

During that visit, several breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the main vector responsible for transmitting Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever, were identified. These breeding sites included bottles and derelict vehicles and posed a substantial threat to residents, especially pregnant women and women desirous of becoming pregnant.

Ten days after this visit, on Sunday, August 21st, 2016, the Minister revisited the area and noted with alarm that all of the breeding sites previously identified were still present. The Minister, having had discussions with his colleague, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, Senator the Honourable Franklin Khan will redouble efforts to address the issue of source reduction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

These measures will include the enforcement of revised legislation and the imposition of higher penalties under the Yellow Fever Regulations of the Public Health Ordinance, Chapter 12 No. 4 Section 105 which was increased from $500 to $3500 in May 2016.

The population is advised that the Zika virus is now present in approximately 70 countries, signaling a global threat to public health.

To this end, we at the Ministry of Health will continue to do our part and we urge the population to join with the relevant Government agencies to eradicate breeding sites from your homes, yards, businesses and communities.

Only the combined efforts of the Government and Public will allow us to properly combat the mosquito menace responsible for these diseases."