Citizens face $3,500 fine if premises found to be mosquito breeding grounds

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Citizens face $3,500 fine if premises found to be mosquito breeding grounds

If your premises have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, you could be fined $3,500 by public health inspectors.

This, according to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, as he spoke this morning on the CNC3’s Morning Brew.

Deyalsingh said there has been a 300 per cent increase in dengue cases in the Caribbean.

“We need to get the population to understand that while spraying is part of the response, source reduction is crucial. Look at scrapyards, clean up your lots, and ensure your surroundings are free from potential mosquito breeding sites or you will be fined,” he warned.

He said the Caribbean and Latin America have been severely impacted by dengue fever.

“Globally, as of April, there have been 3.4 million confirmed cases, with 16,000 severe cases and 3,000 deaths. This is a global Caribbean, Latin American problem,” Deyalsingh said.

He noted that locally the number of confirmed dengue cases has risen sharply.

“When I first addressed the population three weeks ago, the number of confirmed laboratory cases was 123. We are now at 229 lab-confirmed cases, with two confirmed deaths,” he revealed.

When asked what measures will be taken to protect citizens in areas like Woodland, Penal and Barrackpore where watercourses are clogged, Deyalsingh said the Aedes Egypti mosquito breeds in clear, clean, still water, rather than muddy, dirty water.

He emphasized that chemical spraying alone is insufficient to control mosquito populations.

“Overspraying has two outcomes: the mosquitoes become resistant, and you kill off the entire ecosystem. Overspraying is harmful to human and animal life,” he explained.

Deyalsingh stressed the importance of community cooperation to combat the spread of the disease.