Heavy Rains Expected to Cause Surge in Mosquito Population, Warns Central Board of Health

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Health officer inspects mosquito breeding site

The Central Board of Health (CBH) reports that heavy showers over the past week are expected to significantly increase the mosquito population.

Principal Public Health Inspector Julienne Mannix stated that the breeding cycle for most mosquitoes is about seven days, so residents can anticipate a surge, particularly of Aedes Taeniorhynchus, or Black Salt Marsh Mosquitoes, which thrive in stagnant water found in items like car tires, cans, and old drums.

Mannix emphasized that the saturated ground will create numerous breeding sites, leading to more mosquitoes in the coming week.

While Black Salt Marsh Mosquitoes are not linked to diseases like the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, they are a nuisance due to their tendency to cling to clothing and travel in swarms.

The CBH plans to intensify vector control measures, including treating stagnant waters and conducting fogging exercises in affected communities. Homeowners are urged to help by eliminating stagnant water around their properties and covering water catchments.

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