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Screen_Shot_2015-08-18_at_8.49.08_PMOn August 7th Kim Bautista, the Chief Operations Officer for the Vector Control Unit of the Ministry of Health, revealed that at week 31, 1638 persons were tested for dengue and out of that amount, 261 cases were confirmed by laboratory testing.

That’s 36 more cases or a 16 percent increase when compared to data from last year during the same period. Bautista also reiterated that health officials are keeping a close eye on the Corozal, Cayo and Toledo Districts for the disease.

Bearing in mind that the best way to get rid of the mosquito that transmits dengue and to have the disease under control is by practicing civic pride, the Corozal Health services embarked on clean-up campaign this past Saturday. The aim was to destroy not only the vector that causes Dengue, but also malaria and Chik V.

Selvin Garcia Vector Control Supervisor Northern Region.

“What we are doing this week and what is done in the prevention and control, for example, and especially in the incidence of dengue, first of all what we do is to disseminate information in terms of dengue, prevention and control of dengue we thermal fog the houses, that is a rapid knock down of the other mosquito that normally bites during the day and stays inside the house, they breed outside in containers that hold water and rest inside the house now when we have the dengue cases we conduct this, dissemination of information and thermal fogging ad larvae siding as well of the possible breeding sites of the mosquitos whether it is a dry or a wet container in order for us to be able to control the adult mosquito population that whenever we have a positive case of dengue the mosquitos will get infected and continue the transmission of dengue what we want is to break that transmission cycle of dengue.”

According to Vector Control Supervisor for the Northern Region, Selvin Garcia there is just so much that the department can do but with the assistance of the public the cases of dengue can be reduced.

Selvin Garcia Clean-up Campaign

“We are now into the rainy season even though it is not raining a lot we still have those breeding sites all over, as a matter of fact, what happened this Saturday the vector control unit carried out a cleanup campaign in the village of Santa Clara, this cleanup campaign was in order for us to be able to minimize the incident of Dengue, we are having a few cases of dengue in the village but the purpose of the cleanup campaign is for us to be able to free our yard of the breeding sites, the mosquitos that transmit dengue which is a domesticated type that breeds in any container that holds water especially during the rainy season.”

While the clean-up campaign was a huge success, Garcia told us what else we can do to control the vector.

Selvin Garcia Clean-up Campaign

“These cleanup campaigns can be carried out with the participation of anyone or any active group within the community; whether it is a church group or a youth group or the village council they can get together and organize themselves and ask us to assist in carrying about any cleanup campaign or any anti dengue or malaria activity that they would have in mind for us to be able to bring down the incidence of dengue cases here in the north.”

Garcia urges community members especially those living in the north to take the necessary measures to control mosquito growth.

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