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BVIHSA distributing mosquito nets to at-risk residents

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Amid confirmed reports of dengue fever in the territory last month, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has started a mosquito net distribution campaign.

The BVIHSA said the campaign is primarily targeting what it described as at-risk persons such as children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Distribution of mosquito nets is scheduled to commence January 8 at clinics and health centres across the territory.

List of health facilities where mosquito nets can be collected.

“The BVIHSA also urges all persons to decrease their chances of contracting vector-borne illnesses such as dengue, chik-v and zika by eradicating mosquito breeding sites within their environment,” the health organisation said in a release today.

Meanwhile, Medical Officer Dr Ronald Georges told BVI News in December that there were a number of dengue cases on Tortola. It is not clear how many confirmed cases have been reported so far.

Dr Georges had also said cases of the virus are known to occur in flat and densely-populated areas near the sea.

Symptoms of dengue and other common mosquito-borne illnesses usually include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains and skin rash.

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  1. Well done says:

    This is wonderful news. Our mindset are changing and I am glad to hear about this move. We usually fail to realize that its not everyone who could have gone on to amazon and order a net or have a relative send one from overseas. I am also happy to see RTW Cash & Carry also have bed nets at reasonable prices too (around $12.00). With most windows now boarded up and normal window screens blown off with the windows, the mosquitos are rampant and uncontrollable whether you have breeding ground or not. I applause you BVIHSA. There’s still hope in the BVI. Hope no red tape now

  2. Anonymous says:

    The mosquito vectors of dengue, Zika and Chikungunya are day bitters. So unless you use the net during day time, there won’t be any protection

  3. Disagree 2 sides says:

    Please tell the Government that they need to drain and clean the fountain at Sir Oliver Plaza. That is one mosquito breathing ground.

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