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Env’l Health tackles mosquito population | Contracting virus less likely

Residents of the British Virgin Islands might soon become less likely to fall ill to mosquito-borne diseases.

That is because the Environmental Health Department has heightened its efforts on vector control and surveillance through a recent workshop.

The goal of the workshop was to apply the best methods to keep the mosquito numbers down throughout the territory.

In so doing, the likelihood of being bitten by the pesky disease-carrying insects would become lower.

Commenting on the achievements of the workshop, Chief Environmental Health Officer Lionel Michael said: “We were able to assess the territory’s infrastructure and facilities, evaluate our competencies for insecticide resistance testing, and develop national guidelines for medically important species such as the Aedes Aegypti, which is the carrier of the Zika virus and other diseases.”

Other common mosquito-borne diseases include dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya.

The workshop was spearheaded by the European Union and the Caribbean Public Health Agency under the 10th European Development Fund programme.

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  1. BVIYoungman says:

    Why am I only now hearing about this workshop? what happen, was it only available to a selected set?

    because I know of a few young folks that would of LOVE to attend such.

    HAVE IT OPEN TO WHOEVER’S INTERESTED!
    PROMOTE IT AND LET PEOPLE BE INFORMED!

  2. Windy says:

    I wonder if the mosquitos got an invite to the meeting

  3. Retired says:

    Now that the ‘workshop’ is over please communicate to the public when and where the vector spray vehicles will be operating in the BVI.

    • @retired says:

      Ummm how about cleaning up your environs first. Spraying should be the last resort and it only kills adult mosquitoes. If you are relaying on Spraying, there will always be an upsurge in the mosquito population because the eggs, larvae and pulse were not killed.

  4. Just ice says:

    Why they worrying about a few mosquitoes while they deliberately poisoning the whole west end with toxic smoke…anything for a headline public health what a joke

  5. Fed up in west end says:

    My thoughts exactly! Let’s burn all the trash so the cruise ships come back and don’t have to look at it. They don’t care about the health of the people in west end. Hypocrites!

    • West end says:

      Although the smoke is considered a public health nuisance; the dump is managed by solid waste and they have to take the lead in any mitigation strategies.

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