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Due to the expected high winds for the remainder of the week, the Central Board of Health has put a temporary halt to its fogging anti-mosquito campaign.
The decision has been taken by the board to avoid any ineffective use of chemicals used in the fogging operations that could be blown away by the wind, making them unusable in the fight against the aedes aegypti mosquito.
This mosquito, known for spreading diseases such as dengue fever, can only be eliminated by using appropriate chemicals in an effective manner.
Hence, the board is not letting up on its other methods to eliminate the mosquito, which includes visiting homes to treat water catchments, stagnant water and other stagnant water sites in various communities.
Acting Principal Public Health Inspector, Julienne Mannix, explained that the high winds could cause the chemicals to disperse and not get into contact with the mosquitoes.
As such, the board has decided to pause the fogging operations for the week. It is important to note that fogging plays a crucial role in the anti-mosquito campaign, especially in areas where there is an outbreak of dengue fever.
The fogging helps to eliminate the mosquitos and reduces the chances of mosquitoes that are infected with the virus passing it on to humans.
It is worth mentioning that the mosquito is the only carrier of the virus from human to human.