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MoH says over 1500 premises inspected, 122 communities fogged in Corporate Area

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 5:46 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica- The Ministry of Health is reporting that for the week of October 7-13, the Kingston & St Andrew Health Department inspected 1,552 premises and conducted fogging in 122 communities as part of the Health Ministry’s intensified dengue control programme.

In a release to the media Wednesday afternoon they said that Kingston and St Andrew accounts for approximately 50 per cent of the 1,425 suspected cases of dengue fever.The team also inspected 2,893 containers and treated 1,196 in which the dengue transmitting aedes aegypti mosquito was found breeding.

Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says the KSA health team also inspected dump sites, tyre shops and garages for mosquito breeding sites.

“Tyres are among the most prevalent sites for the breeding of the aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector which transmits dengue fever. We have also found that drums in which persons store water are also among the prevalent breeding sites.  Our intensified programme will continue to target householders as well as certain types of business establishments especially in KSA where we have had the most suspected cases,” she said.

DuCasse is also appealing to people to assist the health team by searching for and destroying mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes, workplaces and communities. “Persons should pay particular attention to vases, old tyres, discarded cans, flower pots, barrels, drums and anything else that can store water as these can harbour mosquitoes,” she added.

The Ministry of Health says Jamaica is currently experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever and has recorded an increase in the number of cases since the start of the year. A total of 1,425 suspected cases of dengue fever were reported up to October 6, compared to 415 for the corresponding period last year and 2,557 for the same period in 2010 which was an outbreak year.

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