By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging people to protect themselves and their loved ones against mosquito borne diseases, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Moving forward to 2021, we must all play our part in the prevention and control of mosquito borne diseases in order to maintain our health and well-being, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic” stated CARPHA Executive Director, Dr Joy St. John in observance of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2021.

“The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a major vector, which spreads diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika. These diseases can be a significant cause of illness and even death, impacting countries negatively on an economic and social level”, said Dr. Laura-Lee Boodram, Head of Vector Borne Diseases at CARPHA. She further added, “The introduction of Chikungunya and Zika in 2014 and 2016, respectively into the Caribbean Region, together with the presence of competent vectors such as Aedes aegpyti, means that constant vigilance must be maintained.

The potential for outbreaks to occur and the introduction of new mosquito borne diseases in the Caribbean region is an ever-present threat.  CARPHA works in conjunction with Member States and various International Development Partners on strategies to prevent and control mosquito borne diseases in the Region.

In 2021, CARPHA’s CMAW slogan states, “Tiny…but DEADLY. Don’t wait…ERADICATE!”, placing emphasis on measures to control mosquito breeding.  As the rainy season approaches, water can accumulate in the base of plants pots, vases, buckets and used vehicles tires, which are typical breeding sites.  An increase in vector populations will further the risk of disease transmission.