health

No way! Aerosolised insecticides should not be used to treat red eye

The Ministry of Health says it has noted that certain individuals have circulated reports on social media indicating that conjunctivitis (‘red eye’) can be treated with aerosolised insecticides.

The Ministry is advising that there is no scientific merit to this claim.

The Ministry said that as such, these products should be used according to the directions of the manufacturer.

It says it must be noted that the use of pesticides inconsistent with that of the manufacturer’s direction is a breach of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act 1979 and Regulations 1987.

CARPHA explores GPS-based app to track locations of mosquito breeding sites

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it is exploring the use of mobile technology in its fight against mosquito-borne diseases.

The agency, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently pilot tested an app developed to replace traditional paper-based vector collection tools used in the field.

The app uses modern technology, such as satellite imagery and Global Positioning System (GPS) to indicate the location of breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in communities.

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