By Zaya Williams
As Dengue Fever cases surge across the Caribbean, local health authorities call for residents to join the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses.
The viral disease, transmitted primarily by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has raised considerable alarm in the region.
Antigua and Barbuda, in particular, has reported a troubling 22 cases of Dengue Fever. Adding to these concerns is a recent spike in mosquito populations, attributed to the rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Philippe.
Julienne Mannix, Senior Health Inspector at the Central Board of Health, highlights the need for a community-wide response to address this issue. The Central Board of Health is taking steps to assist in eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites.
“From the recent rains we had with Philippe there is an increase in the mosquito population so we will see staff that will come up in the evening to conduct fogging on Wednesday on Thursday,” Mannix revealed.
These operations will commence in the Paynter’s, Pigott’s, and Fitches Creek areas and continue across the island in the coming days.
Mannix also emphasized the importance of staying proactive to protect the community’s health. She suggests that by taking necessary precautions, people can collectively ensure the safety of their local areas.
“We are appealing to home owners to make the necessary checks, check their premises for mosquito breeding sites any standing water they may have on their property, to remove that water, clean the sides of the container, turn it over. Remember to check your flower pot saucers because they are major mosquito breeding sights,” Mannix advises.