GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The National Mosquito Elimination Community Program Zika Virus disease (ZikV) “Beat ZikV,” completed its inspection of the residential area of Ebenezer and also is now busy with South Reward. Inspections in the latter district will continue this weekend.
The cooperation of all residents is needed in order to beat the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.
The vector control team and volunteers visited in total 97 +/- premises of which 47 were found open for yard inspections and were found positive with mosquito larvae. The total yards inspectors by the vector control unit in the Cul de Sac area is 298 and 22 per cent are positive with mosquito larvae.
A home owner’s survey was also carried out to determine people’s attitudes towards and knowledge of mosquitos and elimination measures.
Even though the residents of the Cul de Sac Basin are aware of mosquito problems in their area, 94 per cent of the residents surveyed never contacted the vector control unit about their mosquito problem. Nearly 90 per cent thought that the mosquito control unit should do more to eliminate mosquitos while a number of residents indicated that that they were unware that they could request assistance from the vector control unit.
Collective Prevention Services (CPS) within the Ministry of Public Health Social Development is coordinating this campaign.
The Vector Control Unit of CPS was supported by personnel from the Department of Community Development and Humanitarian Affairs, and volunteers from the St. Maarten Red Cross.
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year.
Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. More than half of the world’s population lives in areas where this mosquito species is present.
Sustained mosquito control efforts are important to prevent outbreaks from these diseases. There are several different types of mosquitoes and some have the ability to carry many different diseases.
The Beat ZikV community program calls for close cooperation of residents within the identified district (s) to ensure a smooth operation of house to house visits and their availability to create an opportunity to provide one on one education on the elimination of mosquito breeding sites in and around the house.
The ultimate objective is to minimize the occurrence of mosquito borne diseases by eliminating mosquito breeding sites within the districts with a special focus on the elimination of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Actively destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns/vase or in pet dishes for more than two days. Throw out the water and turn them over every time it collects water.