COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT KEY IN ELIMINATING ZIKA-CARRYING MOSQUITO

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 23, 2016 (SKNIS): Retired entomologist Dr. Sam Rawlins has emphasized that every individual has a key role to play in the elimination of the aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for transmitting the zika virus from one individual to another.

“For effective control, there is need for mobilizing the community to participate in source reduction,” he said. “All sectors need to become involved, the public and private.”

“It’s not just a government thing; all of us have a vested interest in this because if your children are going to become infected with dengue or chikungunya or zika, you would not be very happy,” Dr. Rawlins said. “If everybody in our household becomes agents of search and destroy,… your duty now is to go and search around our environment for all these habitats. Now if every householder did that, then the mosquitoes breeding next door, wouldn’t come over the wall and come into your yard, although you’re doing the right thing, and bite you. You would be eliminating them over there, while you’re doing it over here.”

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