With the potential of the Zika Virus hitting Dominica’s shores, steps are being taken control the Aedes Egypti mosquito, the main transmitter of the disease.
Chief Environmental Health Officer, Anthony Scotland, stated that fogging has started in Roseau and the environs, as well as the Marigot Health District.
“We will be stepping up the fogging operation in and around Roseau in an effort to knock down adult population (of the mosquito),” he said on Talking Point on state-owned DBS Radio. “In terms of fogging and knocking out the adult population, it has started in the Marigot area.”
Scotland added that persons in areas prone to the breeding of the mosquito should take extra precautions to reduce the population.
He said Marigot, Wesley and Calibishie have “high incidents” of the Aedes Egypti mosquito.
“So we are calling on these people there to take all preventive measures to reduce the population,” he stated.
Meantime, he discussed the schedule for the continuation of the fogging process.
“We are going and go down to the Portsmouth Health District,” he noted. “We actually doing some of the suburbs of Roseau already — places like Loubiere, Newtown. We looking at Wednesday for Loubiere, Castle Comfort, Wallhouse, and Thursday coming – that’s the 28th — Roseau Central, Friday 29th: Fond Cannie, Yam Piece, and Gutter. We are looking at Newtown, Kingshill on Monday coming — Monday the 1st. The 2nd of February, Bath Estate, Elmshall, Silver Lake. The 3rd will be Goodwill, St. Aroment, and the 4th, Roseau Central and Pottersville.”
Residents of areas, such as Bath Estate, which previously fostered many cases of Chikungunya, will be given more urgent attention, Scotland noted.
“The suburbs of Roseau where we had an explosion of Chikungunya,” he stated. “Bath Estate was like a lab for the Chikungunya. Bath Estate, Yam Piece, Tarish Pit, these areas… they will be given urgent attention during this time.”
The Zika Virus has been confirmed in many Caribbean islands including Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados, St. Martin, among others.