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War on virus

Antoinette Connell

War on virus

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AN ALL-OUT ATTACK on the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the carrier of the explosively spreading Zika virus, begins next week with the prosecution of mosquito breeders, fogging even on weekends and more hands to operate the fumigating machines.

All seven polyclinics will be pressed into action as churches, community groups, hotels and householders are brought into the assault on the bloodsucking insects that transport the virus linked to birth defects in newborn babies.

Yesterday health officials huddled in a meeting a day after the Ministry of Health revealed that seven people were confirmed with the disease, three of them pregnant women as confirmed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Tennyson Springer confirmed to the MIDWEEK NATION the rollout as he pointed out that 25 per cent of the homes were closed during the inspection period for mosquitoes.

Please read the full story in today’s Midweek Nation, or in the eNATION edition.