There are no known cases or dengue in St. Kitts and Nevis and this is partly because of a strong vector control program. So says the Chief Medical Officer (COM) Dr. Hazel Laws.
The assurance she gave allays fears in relation a recent epidemic level outbreak in Jamaica. The CMO is warning Kittitians and Nevisians to be on guard for signs of the disease and to make extra efforts in eliminating mosquito breeding areas.
According to Dr. Laws, everyone has a responsibility to prevent the spread of mosquito borne diseases. Simple acts like emptying out vessels that can collect water or ridding your personal spaces of them goes a long way in ensuring that mosquito infestation is under control, she disclosed
Personnel have been busy in recent times with mosquito fogging drives in a major effort to control the spread of mosquito borne diseases.
The Vector Control Program monitors environmental conditions that can increase risks for vector-borne disease. The program supports public and private pest management programs and enforces vector control laws when needed.
Vector control programs are designed monitor conditions that can lead to breeding of pests including garbage accumulation, neglected and overgrown vegetation, and stagnant water, support the control of mosquito populations in public facilities through safe integrated pest management techniques, respond to public complaints pest infestation complaint and provide information and education to individuals and communities to control pests.
There were 123 suspected, presumed or confirmed cases of dengue fever in Jamaica in December. Anything above 96 cases for a month is considered an epidemic.