The Public Health Department of the Public Entity Bonaire (OLB) is urging residents to protect themselves against Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika, as the rainy season increases the risk of these diseases.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can transmit these diseases, lives in and around homes and lays its eggs in stagnant water, such as plastic containers and car tires. Removing these breeding sites is highly recommended.
Apart from the elimination of breeding grounds, the Government points out that it can be important to prevent being bitten by the mosquito, for instance by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellents to prevent mosquito bites. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are especially active during the day.