The threats of the rainy season on public health

ORANJESTAD – The Department of Public Health DVG is raising awareness about the threats of the rainy season.

DVG reminds everyone to ensure there is no standing water near their homes after a rainfall. By eliminating standing water, we lower the risk of related disease outbreaks like in the past.

MosquitoIn Aruba, the rainy season runs from July to December. It is a blessing for many people but can be a public health hazard.

Rain brings along standing water caught in open containers that become breeding areas for mosquitos that can carry diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. Mosquitos need standing water to lay their eggs. If there is no standing water in containers near their homes, the number of mosquito breeding will diminish, and the risk of getting Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika outbreaks will decrease. If mosquitos are bothering you, GKMB advises inspecting your house for containers with water and emptying these. It includes plant pots and flower vases that contain water.  If the mosquito nuisance persists, you may contact the GKMB at 5855533. They will inspect the neighborhood for any possible source of mosquito breeding.

For more information, you may contact the GKMB at 5855533 and follow the GKMB on Facebook Directie Volksgezondheid DVG Aruba or send them a mail to servicio@dvg.aw.

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