St.maarten – The national mosquito elimination community program Zika virus disease headed to Mary’s Fancy last Saturday.
On August 20 the program kicked-off in Saunders where residents were very cooperative with personnel from the Ministry and volunteers.
Approximately 100 premises were visited, of which 51 houses. Nine houses had positive mosquito breeding sources.
The success of the community program calls for close cooperation of residents within the identified district (s) to ensure a smooth operation of house to house visits and their availability to create an opportunity to provide one on one education on the elimination of mosquito breeding sites in and around the house.
In addition to the opportunity to increase awareness on one on one, there is simultaneously a yard inspection by the vector assistant controllers to detect if there are breeding sources in the particular yard and its respective surroundings. Based on the detected mosquito breeding sites in the yard and its respective surroundings mosquito traps will be placed, monitored and collected within a short period; set-up and monitoring of traps to study mosquito behavior and larvae development, and if needed targeted fogging of identified locations.
Source: Today SXM Mosquito elimination program continued in Mary’s Fancy