Antigua & Barbuda to establish mosquito lab

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(ANR)

Antigua & Barbuda will be establishing a mosquito lab as the country seeks out a more effective way to control the population of the pest.

Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world and cause millions of deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

They transmit several diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, Chikungunya, Zika Virus and Yellow Fever.

 Dr. Linroy Christian, the Director of Analytical Services, said fogging, which is currently used to control the pest, is only effective on adult mosquitoes.

He said studies will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the technique, the chemicals being used, and what negative impact the chemicals could have on pollinators.

“We’re establishing a mosquito lab where we’ll be looking at insecticide resistance as well but also looking at potential control measures, projects with the International Atomic Energy Agency are in discussion, and there is entomological training that has been done for my staff, staff at the Central Board of Health, Environment, in terms of global positioning”, Dr Christian told state media.