Dengue fever prevention guide

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Due to recent reports of a possible outbreak of the Dengue virus, residents are reminded to take precautions to mitigate the risk of infection.

Dengue is caused by the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti).  The mosquitoes love to live with us.  They are domestic creatures. They rest in dark, quiet places – mostly in our houses (restrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, closets and under furniture).Folks, the only way that we can rid ourselves of dengue is to get rid of the mosquitoes.  The only way for us to do that is to break their life cycle.  We have the authority to EVICT THE AEDES from our homes!I have attached some information for you to use and to send to your friends.  Each of us has a responsibility here.  It takes no more than 10-15 minutes of our time to walk around our yards and remove ALL standing water.

  • Cover or tightly close water containers.
  • Empty all other containers and turn them top down.
  • Seal, wells, septic tanks and soak-aways properly.
  • Dispose of garbage properly.
  • Remove water in plant plates, clean and scrub the plate thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs.
  • Change water every two days.
  • Clean and scrub the inner side of the vases.
Leave your windows open during the night (only if you have intact screens at your windows) to allow fog (from Environmental Health Services) to enter your home.If you grow plants that hold water in its centre “cup” (like bromeliads) or have any other water reservoirs in your yards (like pools, fountains, or small ponds), Environmental Health Services will provide you with larvacide (a chemical to kill mosquitoes during the development stage).  The only requirement is that you collect it!

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