Media Release - Ministry of Health Reminds the Public to be Proactive to Protect themselves from Mosquito Bites

Port-of-Spain, April 15, 2024:  As the rainy season approaches, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is reminding the public to take proactive steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The Ministry notes that mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika are transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Pregnant women in particular are urged to take greater precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites due to the harmful effects of the Zika virus which can cause low birth weight, premature birth and or foetal abnormalities.

Citizens are therefore urged to reduce mosquito breeding grounds within flower pot saucers, vases, tyres, buckets, barrels, plastic drums and water storage containers.  These items including guttering and drains must be regularly cleaned, removed, turned over or treated as applicable.

Other vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children are also advised to utilise the following personal protective strategies:

·         Wear long sleeved, loose-fitting and light coloured clothing when possible;

·         Apply mosquito repellant with the active ingredient DEET; and

·         Utilise bed nets when appropriate. (The Aedes aegypti mosquito generally bites between dusk to dawn hours, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).   

Citizens wishing to contact the Insect Vector Control Division (IVCD) for vector control measures can call 612-4823 ext. 5456/5402.




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