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British Virgin Islands: Dengue Alert Issued In Caribbean Region- Local Residents Urged To Protect Themselves

Source: Government of the British Virgin Islands Country: British Virgin Islands
Residents of the Virgin Islands are being urged to take all necessary measures to protect themselves and eliminate all breeding places for mosquitoes from around their homes. Chief Environmental Health Officer, Lionel Michael said the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Environmental Health Division, in response to the Dengue alert in the Caribbean region, is assessing its Mosquito Control Programme and increasing its campaign through education, awareness, premises inspections and various control measures. Mr. Michael said, “The Division respectfully requests that persons take all necessary measures to protect themselves and engage in source reduction by eliminating all breeding places by covering water containers, removing all solid waste from their premises, and reporting blocked drains.” The Chief Environmental Officer added that householders can protect themselves by using mosquito nets and window screens, wearing long clothing and using mosquito repellant when outdoors. Residents are also urged to remember to practice the 4S: Search and destroy mosquito breeding places Self-protection: wear long sleeve clothing Seek early consultation if experiencing signs and symptoms of Dengue Support fogging/spraying in hotspots and other control measures The Environmental Health Division is committed to ensuring that all aspects of the environment with the potential to negatively impact the health of the population are managed efficiently to enable all persons in the BVI to attain and maintain optimal health and well-being. Author Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
354 James Walter Francis Drive
RJT Edifice Building, 5th Floor
Road Town, TORTOLA VG1110 Tel: 284 468 2730 Fax: 284 468 2750
Email: gis@gov.vg

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