A woman cleans a drain in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Friday. Blocked drains, which provide a breeding haven for mosquitoes, have been a source of concern for health authorities in light of the current outbreak of dengue fever. On Friday, the Ministry of Health reported an increase in dengue cases, noting that the figure stood at 1,710 as at October 13. This, compared to 429 cases for the corresponding period last year. As a result, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse — director of emergency, disaster management and special services at the ministry — urged members of the public to cooperate with health workers in helping to reduce mosquito breeding sites and the adult mosquito population through source reduction, fogging and spraying.
(Photo: Lionel Rookwood)