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Jamaican PM Leads Dengue Cleanup Efforts

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Saturday joined residents of Grants Pen in St. Andrew in searching for and destroying mosquito breeding sites in their community, under the national dengue cleanup campaign.

The three-day exercise, which began Friday, was undertaken in an effort to control the spread of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue virus.

Holness led activities along Grants Pen Road, one of two sites selected as national projects. The other area is the Rae Town fishing village in St. Andrew.

These two communities are among 36 across the country that have been identified as being most in need of intervention to destroy mosquitoes and their breeding sites.

Activities at Grants Pen included removing bulky waste, bushing overgrown vegetation, and filling out depressed areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed.

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