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Help fight mosquito breeding, premier urges residents

The Environmental Health Department is doing assessments territory-wide to determine priority areas to minimize the breeding of mosquitoes, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has announced.

Out of fear that the recent heavy rains associated with a tropical wave may result in greater rates of mosquito breeding locally, Premier Smith urged residents to help in getting rid of stagnant water.

“We are asking persons to continue to assist with general clean-up regarding the removal of all water-holding receptacles such as old tyres, discarded buckets, or anything that can hold water – for example, as these are potential breeding sites.”

“The Department of Waste Management has assessed damaged and clogged garbage bins, and has started their general waste collection process,” Premier Smith said.

The Aedes mosquitoes is known to have caused cases of Dengue Fever, as well as Chikungunya and the Zika viruses, in the British Virgin Islands.

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