Dengue alert issued in Caribbean region – residents urged to protect themselves

Caribbean residents are being urged to take all necessary measures to protect themselves and eliminate all breeding places for mosquitoes from around their homes.

In the British Virgin Islands, chief environmental health officer, Lionel Michael, said the ministry of health and social development, Environmental Health Division, in response to the dengue alert in the Caribbean region, is assessing its mosquito control program and increasing its campaign through education, awareness, premises inspections and various control measures.

Michael said, “The Division respectfully requests that persons take all necessary measures to protect themselves and engage in source reduction by eliminating all breeding places by covering water containers, removing all solid waste from their premises, and reporting blocked drains.”

The chief environmental officer added that householders can protect themselves by using mosquito nets and window screens, wearing long clothing and using mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Residents are also urged to remember to practice the 4S: 

• Search and destroy mosquito breeding places

• Self-protection: wear long sleeve clothing

• Seek early consultation if experiencing signs and symptoms of dengue

• Support fogging/spraying in hotspots and other control measures



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