Due to the recent precipitation on Aruba in the past months, the potential risk for illnesses related to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito has increased.
The Yellow Fever and Mosquito control department (GKMB) has the task to visit each home in Aruba in order to educate homeowners about the methods of preventing the spreading of these illnesses. The GKMB team prepares the community and provides them with valuable information on how to prevent mosquito breeding in time for the rain season.
Despite the efforts by the GKMB, they still find multiple breeding containers full of mosquito larvae at many homes. These can cause potential outbreaks and even an epidemic of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya.
The GKMB is pleading the community to make sure they dispose of every container that can be a potential breeding place; like tires, bottle caps, buckets, plant saucer and any other item that can retain rainwater.
The current data indicates a low number of cases; however, it is essential to make sure these numbers remain low in order to prevent outbreaks.
The Department of Public Health also urges everyone to help eliminate the potential spreading of these mosquitos by making sure they have no open containers to breed in, for example, drums, jars, pots, buckets, flower vases, plant saucers, tanks, discarded bottles, tins, tires, water cooler, etc.
Preventing the spread of mosquitos is a task that the GKMB cannot complete by itself and needs the help of the community.
For more information contact the GKMB at 5224200 and follow us for the latest news on Facebook @desparuba.