St. Kitts Battles Swarms Of Mosquitoes

The Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

An Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Feeding On Human Blood

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
November 20, 2008 (CUOPM)

Fogging operations aimed at controlling and reducing the mosquito population, especially the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, continue in the areas of St. Paul’s Thursday night and Lodge and Ottley’s on Friday.

Senior Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Alex Riley disclosed the fogging operations have been carried out in Conaree, Frigate Bay and part of St. Peter’s and in the areas of Fig Tree, La Valle and a part of Sandy Point on Tuesday night and Molineux on Wednesday night.

“We found one source of mosquito breeding in just one pond and that was treated,” said Mr. Riley.

“Fogging operations will continue next week in the areas of Greenlands, Fry’s Village and Shadwell on Monday 24th, in Conaree on Tuesday 25th, and Challengers, Trinity, Boyd’s and West Farm on Wednesday 26th,” said Mr. Riley, who said public announcements will continue to be made of dates and areas where fogging is being carried out.

He said fogging operations begin at 6 p.m. and urged residents to leave all doors and windows of their homes and businesses open for proper penetration of the fog and warned persons suffering from asthmatic conditions to take note of the period when fogging will be carried out in their area and take the necessary precautions to prevent complications.

“The fogging exercise will only get rid of the adult mosquito,” said the senior health official, who pointed to need for residents and householders to also keep their premises free of containers such as car tires, empty bottles and cans that can collect water and eventually breed mosquitoes.

He said although the larger industrial fogger is presently under maintenance, a smaller unit is being used to carry out the operations.

The Senior Environmental Health Officer said Vector Control Officers have been urged to be vigilant and to increase their routine inspection of premises and open areas.

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