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.
â€œFor effective control, there is need for mobilizing the community to participate in source reduction,â€ he said. â€œAll sectors need to become involved, the public and private.â€
â€œItâ€™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,â€ Dr. Rawlins said. â€œIf everybody in our household becomes agents of search and destroy,â€¦ 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, wouldnâ€™t come over the wall and come into your yard, although youâ€™re doing the right thing, and bite you. You would be eliminating them over there, while youâ€™re doing it over here.â€