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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