Zika Prevention: Unite to Fight the Bite
Health Minister Dr. Perry Gomez, has advised that there is now one confirmed case of the Zika virus in the Bahamas. On Tuesday, a test sample taken from a Bahamian adult male who had recently returned from a trip to Jamaica, confirmed a positive result.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously issued several travel advisories encouraging all who reside in The Bahamas to take proper precautions. Appropriate precautions include wearing mosquito repellent along with clothing to cover the skin, and avoiding areas where mosquitoes are likely to congregate.
We must Unite to Fight the Bite at home, by taking every precaution to eliminate large pools of standing water from our neighborhoods. By keeping yards, patios and the inside of our home free of standing water we significantly reduce mosquito breeding sites and the spread of Zika. The process is a simple one; TIP OVER, TURN DOWN, THROW OUT.
Once a week, empty and scrub, tip over, turn down, throw out or cover items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs. Keep mosquitoes out of your home by using screens on windows and doors, repairing holes in screens and using air conditioning when available.
The Ministry of The Environment and Housing through the Department of Environmental Health Services continues to do its part, and all residents must do theirs. The only way to prevent the spread of Zika is to stop mosquitos from reproducing.
For more information on Zika, how you can help to prevent the disease and the precautions you can take, please visit www.ZDCBahamas.com, and follow ZDCBahamas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.