Increased Vector Control Activities in St. Elizabeth

Story Highlights

  • Health officials in St. Elizabeth are being proactive in ensuring that citizens of the parish play their part in reducing mosquito breeding grounds.
  • Mr. Pryce, who was giving the monthly public health report at a St. Elizabeth Parish Council meeting recently, said the Aedes Index at the end of the reporting period in December was at 9.10, falling from 14.7 for the month of November.
  • He noted that 1,293 premises were inspected in 18 localities during the month of December.

Health officials in St. Elizabeth are being proactive in ensuring that citizens of the parish play their part in reducing mosquito breeding grounds.

Chief Public Health Inspector for St. Elizabeth, Beverton Pryce, says there was only one reported case of dengue fever for the month of December 2015 and no reported or suspected case of the Zika Virus (ZikV) so far.

Mr. Pryce, who was giving the monthly public health report at a St. Elizabeth Parish Council meeting recently, said the Aedes Index at the end of the reporting period in December was at 9.10, falling from 14.7 for the month of November.

He pointed out that the decrease was due to increased vector control activities throughout the parish, which have received wide-scale support from citizens.

Mr. Pryce said continuous support from the Southern Regional Health Authority and the St. Elizabeth Parish Council and funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) have facilitated the ongoing surveillance and treatment of mosquito breeding sites.

He noted that 1,293 premises were inspected in 18 localities during the month of December.

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