Published On: Mon, Jun 30th, 2014

Dominican Republic steps up mosquito spraying in Santo Domingo as chikungunya numbers skyrocket

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Health says they will continue spraying and social mobilization against dengue and chikungunya in Greater Santo Domingo and various provinces as the numbers of the two mosquito borne viruses continue their climb, according to health officials today (computer translated).



The fumigation activities will include the following provinces: Monte Plata, Azua, Dajabón, Independence, San Juan,  Barahona, Valverde, Santiago, Duarte, Montecristi, Bahoruco, Elías Piña, Peravia , and Sánchez Ramírez. The spraying and social mobilization will continue through July 4.

CENCET director, Dr. Jose Manuel Puello said, “it is necessary to eliminate the larvae spread by larviciding and putting chlorine inside tanks and other containers, just above the water level.” Puello is also calling on the public to follow the guidance of the Ministry of Health concerning eliminating mosquito breeding sites.

The number of chikungunya cases reported in the Dominican Republic is now over 135,000, according to the Pan American Health Organization, accounting for more than 50 percent of all cases in the Americas. The PAHO also reports the number of dengue fever cases at nearly 3,000, as of June 26. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page



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