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Larnaca takes on mosquito menace as residents warned to drain trouble spots

Unprecedented mosquito control measures launched as negligent practices risk public health


Municipal authorities in Larnaca are intensifying systematic mosquito spraying efforts as residents are found neglecting areas conducive to mosquito breeding. The Municipality issues a stern warning, signaling its intention to take necessary action against those violating public health guidelines.

The Larnaca Municipality's Health Service crews are actively conducting inspections and spraying to curb mosquito numbers, prioritizing public health and aiming to prevent disturbances for residents and visitors, according to an official statement. Simultaneously, the Ministry of Health's Health Service teams have launched door-to-door campaigns to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito and educate the public on preventive measures.

Residents are reminded by the municipality that even minimal amounts of standing water in various objects or places within homes and estates can lead to mosquito multiplication. Recent inspections by the Health Department reveal persistent negligence by some residents in maintaining mosquito breeding grounds.

Identified areas include unused swimming pools, inadequately closed old sewage pits, old car tires, water storage barrels, tanks, and blocked rainwater grates in building ramps/basements. Additionally, flower pots, tanks, or containers with aquatic plants are contributing to the problem. Stacked car tires in open spaces of repair shops and machine shops are also reported.

The municipality urges responsible action, emphasizing that citizens must ensure their residences and businesses are free of stagnant water sources conducive to mosquito hatching. The species of mosquitoes present in Cyprus are capable of transmitting infectious diseases to humans, including Yellow Fever virus, Dengue Fever, Zika virus, and West Nile virus, among others.

The Municipality of Larnaca emphasizes its commitment to taking measures against those who do not comply with health instructions and persist in maintaining mosquito breeding grounds. For more information, the public can contact the Larnaca Municipality Complaints Office at 24816530 or the Health Service at 24816557/559.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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