Public Health to Spray Pesticides at Major FESTPAC Locations

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Public Health says the decision to spray insecticides is to ensure mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya are not introduced to Guam. 

Guam – In an attempt to ward off mosquito-borne diseases during FESTPAC, Public Health, in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control, will be spraying pesticides at all major locations, including the GDOE schools that will be housing delegates.

 

Public Health says the decision to spray insecticides is to ensure mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya are not introduced to Guam. The locations include all major facilities associated with FESTPAC, including the eight GDOE schools that are housing delegates. Public Health says the spraying will only occur after students are dismissed from school. Vector Control Disease International has been contracted to spray the locations with two separate insecticides. The pesticides themselves have low toxicity, nonetheless public health cautions those who potentially are more sensitive, such as pregnant women and infants, to avoid exposure when possible. The spraying will begin on Friday May 6 until May 22.