CARPHA on drive to eradicate Aedes aegypti mosquito

The Caribbean Public Health Agency says that two years after the first outbreak of Zika in the Caribbean, the invasion of this mosquito-borne virus has reduced significantly.

A statement by CARPHA says that while health officials have reported a decrease in the number of suspected and confirmed cases, it is important to note that the virus is still present within our communities.

Autopsy reveals woman died of seizure at hotel, not strangulation

An autopsy on the body of a woman found in a hotel room on Saturday has ruled out foul play.

According to the autopsy report, Lyndsay Sabrina Layne suffered a seizure.

The 33-year-old of Orange Grove Road, St Augustine is believed to have spent her last moments with a man at Touchdown Hotel in St Helena.

Today relatives at the Forensics Sciences Centre told media that Layne had no previous medical problems.

They are, however, appealing to the man who last saw Layne alive, to come forward.

No way! Aerosolised insecticides should not be used to treat red eye

The Ministry of Health says it has noted that certain individuals have circulated reports on social media indicating that conjunctivitis (‘red eye’) can be treated with aerosolised insecticides.

The Ministry is advising that there is no scientific merit to this claim.

The Ministry said that as such, these products should be used according to the directions of the manufacturer.

It says it must be noted that the use of pesticides inconsistent with that of the manufacturer’s direction is a breach of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act 1979 and Regulations 1987.

CARPHA explores GPS-based app to track locations of mosquito breeding sites

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it is exploring the use of mobile technology in its fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

The agency, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently pilot tested an app developed to replace traditional paper-based vector collection tools used in the field.

The app uses modern technology, such as satellite imagery and Global Positioning System (GPS) to indicate the location of breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in communities.