Beekeepers In SVG Asked To Play A Special Part In Control Of The Zika Disease

Beekeepers across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being urged to safeguard their Bee Farms when the Ministry of Health conducts its fogging exercises to fight against the Ades Aegypti Mosquito and the Zika viral illness.

Senior Environmental Health Officer- Danville Toney said with the increasing threat of the Zika Virus across the Caribbean, the Ministry of Health here is beefing up its surveillance to guard against the Virus.

The Zika Virus is a viral illness that is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are Fever, Rash, Joint pain, or Conjunctivitis.

Mr. Toney said it has been reported in the past that the fogging exercise affects Bees and he is appealing to Bee Farmers to safeguard their farms

He however highlighted that the fogging exercises are important to eradicate the Ades Aegypti Mosquito which spreads the Zika Virus and other illnesses.