DPHSS wants insecticides used only in high-risk areas; warns mosquitoes can develop resistance

DPHSS wants insecticide use limited only to dengue high-risk areas to prevent mosquitoes from developing resistance against the insecticides.

The Department of Public Health and Social Services wants to limit the use of chemical insecticide to just the high-risk areas for dengue.

In an interview with Phill Leon Guerrero at NewsTalk K57, DPHSS director Linda De Norcey said it would be dangerous to spray insecticide islandwide because mosquitoes can develop resistance to the insecticides being used against them.

DeNorcey also said that they are having a conference call this morning with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to determine how CDC can help out in the current fight against dengue.

CDC is already helping in the testing of mosquitoes caught by DPHSS.

DeNorcey said the community can help a lot by helping stamp out mosquito breeding sites.

“Eliminating breeding sites will really be helpful. That’s why we need the whole community’s help on this,” DeNorcey said.

She added that all the GovGuam agencies are helping DPHSS in the fight against dengue.

“I want to assure the community that the governor is us giving is all the resources that we need,” DeNorcey said.