Honoring the dengue spray team

Spray team members from Majuro Atoll Local Government, RMI EPA and Ministry of Health and HJuman Services were recognized by Health secretary Jack Niedenthal, MALGov Councilman Jina David and EPA Deputy Director Dolores deBrum-Kattil. Photo: Eve Burns.

A multi-agency fumigation team was recognized for its work in helping to stem the dengue fever outbreak. The team is made up of staff from the RMI EPA, Ministry of Health and Human Services, and Majuro Atoll Local Government.

On hand to recognize eight members of the team were Health Secretary Jack Niedenthal, MALGov Councilman Jina David, and EPA Deputy General Manager Dolores deBrum-Kattil.

The three-agency team sprayed for mosquitoes in all parts of Majuro Atoll, while a similar multi-agency spray team on Ebeye helped to bring the dengue outbreak under control last year. When a dengue fever case was confirmed by Majuro hospital staff, the fumigation team went to the person’s house, spraying around the area to eliminate mosquitoes. In light of the several thousand dengue cases recorded, it is obvious that the team has been busy over many months.

The number of dengue fever cases in Majuro has dropped off dramatically over the past several weeks.

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