Pork barrel threat

A top environmental health official says the storage of water in pork barrels continues to be a challenge in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Zika.

“We are finding a particular container, the pail that the carries the pigtails, . . . is the common utensil that you find mosquitoes in, and we are working towards fixing that,” reported Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer Desmond King, who has called on residents to ensure they store water in a proper way.

From left, Marketing Executive of Barbados Yellow Pages Sabrina Greenidge looks on as environmental health officers Basil Pilgrim and Stanley Alleyne carry out a mosquito breeding  inspection.
From left, Marketing Executive of Barbados Yellow Pages Sabrina Greenidge looks on as environmental health officers Basil Pilgrim and Stanley Alleyne carry out a mosquito breeding inspection.

During a ‘walk through’ of Belleville, St Michael today, it was also revealed that boats docked on land were harbouring the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

The team included employees of Barbados Yellow Pages, who handed out literature and mosquito repellant to households and businesses.

So far, the island has recorded nine confirmed cases of Zika, with another 277 suspected cases under investigation.

King said based on the current threat, the Ministry of Health was looking to extend its vector eradication programme to businesses.

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