Health Ministry Moves to Dispel Chik-V Myths

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Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson says his Ministry is working to dispel myths surrounding the transmission of the Chikungunya Virus, Chik-V.

Dr. Ferguson says that in a survey conducted by his Ministry, more than 50-percent of respondents did not believe that the virus was caused by mosquitoes.

But speaking at Town Hall meeting in Half Way Tree last evening, Dr. Ferguson says there’s no doubt that Chik-V, the Zika virus and Dengue are all caused by the same Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

He says until the nation understands that the mosquito is a domesticated pest, the Government cannot position itself to respond effectively to any outbreak.

Dr. Ferguson says his Ministry has been undertaking several initiatives towards reducing the mosquito population.