As Jamaica continues to experience an increase in rainfall, the Ministry of Health & Wellness is cautioning the public to expect a rise in the mosquito population, especially the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the dengue virus.
Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer, is encouraging members of the public to search their surroundings at least once weekly to eliminate breeding sites for mosquitoes.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito breeds in any containerised environment; that is in anything that can hold water.
Some common breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito are drums, tyres, buckets, and animal feeding containers.
The health ministry says there has been no confirmed dengue case since the start of the year.