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Fogging schedule April through August 2018

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies every alternate Tuesday, commencing April 17 and ending August 21, 2018. Fogging will take place between midnight and 0200hrs Tuesday morning. Please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. Discard any containers that could possibly hold water or invert them to prevent them becoming an active breeding site for mosquitos.
  5. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  6. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Fogging notice for Thursday

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies on Thursday February 1, 2018 between the hours of midnight and 2am Friday morning. Please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. Discard any containers that could possibly hold water or invert them to prevent them becoming an active breeding site for mosquitos.
  5. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  6. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Fogging notice for next Thursday

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies on Thursday September 8, 2016 between the hours of 1am and 3am. We will also treat open water with a system to kill larvae. Please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  5. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Fogging notice for this evening

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies on Thursday midnight (July 28, 2016). We will also treat open water with a system to kill larvae. The treatment should be finished by 1am on Friday morning. Please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  5. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Fogging notice for this Thursday / Friday

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies on Thursday midnight (June 23, 2016). We will also treat open water with a system to kill larvae. The treatment should be finished by 1am on Friday morning. Please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  5. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Zika virus alert

Zika Mosquito

The following article was published by The Tribune on January 27, 2016. We are investigating the risk to our community and will circulate a notice if we plan to fog.

THE Department of Environmental Health Services plans to launch an “intensified” fogging programme in New Providence and the Family Islands to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, Director of Environmental Health Melanie McKenzie said yesterday.

Ms McKenzie said the DEHS would begin fogging in respective communities “sometime this week,” depending on the wind conditions, for the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus.

She also said DEHS officials will be “intensifying” their normal inspections of properties to contain the breeding.

The Zika virus, a member of the same family of viruses that cause the Chikungunya virus and dengue fever, is causing global concern because of its reported connection to microcephaly, a congenital condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads. The condition causes severe developmental issues and sometimes death.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), over 20 countries in the Americas have reported the presence of the virus, including Brazil, Barbados, and Haiti. The virus has been reported in the United States, but only from travellers returning from countries where the virus is prevalent.

There have been no reports of the Zika virus in the Bahamas, however.

“It’s the same mosquito that spreads dengue so the protocol is exactly the same for us,” Ms McKenzie told The Tribune. “It will be a programme where we’re just intensifying our normal inspections of properties to contain the breeding, we’re going to be fogging, and we’re going to do the entire island and the Family Islands.

“Fogging will start if not (Tuesday night) then sometime this week according to the wind speed; if there’s too much wind it’s a waste of the chemicals and it doesn’t do the work that it is intended to do,” she added. “We’ll also be (spraying larvicide), looking for breeding in all properties and public spaces.

“Then of course we give preventative measures in terms of not getting bitten by mosquitos – that normally comes out from the Ministry of Health – indicating what you should or shouldn’t do, in terms of protecting yourself in the evening when mosquitos are around, wearing proper clothing, all of those protective measures.”

The virus is transmitted when an Aedes aegypti mosquito bites a person with an active infection and then spreads the illness by biting others.

According to the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), common symptoms of the Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalisation is uncommon, the CDC said.

An outbreak of the virus in Brazil “led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes,” the CDC’s website reports.

There is no known vaccine or specific drug for the virus, according to the Pan American Health Organisation.

“This is why we keep trying to emphasise through public education that we must be conscious of all these emerging diseases that are spread by vectors,” Ms McKenzie said. “And we can control it simply by doing the things we ought to do with our containers. Because in the Bahamas it’s primarily a situation where we don’t deal with our containers as well as we should.”

Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett would not comment on the matter yesterday, telling The Tribune a statement would be released soon.

According to PAHO, the virus was isolated for the first time in 1947 in the Zika forest in Uganda. Since then, it has remained mainly in Africa, with small and sporadic outbreaks in Asia.

In 2007, a major epidemic was reported on the island of Yap (Micronesia), where nearly 75 per cent of the population was reportedly infected.

In May 2015, the public health authorities in Brazil confirmed the transmission of the virus in the northeast of the country, according to PAHO. Since October of last year, some 23 countries and territories in the Americas have reported the presence of the virus, the organisation said.

Fogging notice for this Friday

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies on Friday at 1:00am (September 11, 2015). We will also treat open water with a system to kill larvae. The process takes approximately 2 hours, please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  5. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Fogging notice for this Thursday

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We will be fogging the community against mosquitoes and sand flies on Thursday midnight (July 23, 2015). We will also treat open water with a system to kill larvae. The process takes approximately 2 hours, please observe the following guidelines:

  1. No persons and/or animals are to be outside during the fogging procedure treatment time.
  2. Close windows and doors during the fogging exercise and for 45 minutes after completion.
  3. Place all pet feeding/watering bowls indoors.
  4. If it is necessary for people or pets to go outside, wait for 45 minutes after completion. Note this is especially important for children, pregnant women and asthmatics.
  5. The above measures are precautionary as the treatment does not leave a significant residue.

There is always a possibility of last minute changes due to weather conditions. We will notify you in advance, if possible, of any changes.

Tennis court re-opened

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We are pleased to announce the completed renovations of the tennis courts located near the main entrance to Sandyport. We have also added regulation standard lighting so that the game can be enjoyed in the evening. As with all community tennis courts, with the exception of Governor’s Cay, reservations should be made in advance using our online reservation system via the ‘Customer service’ menu. Note that the there are two courts which are referred to as ‘Main entrance east’ and ‘Main entrance west’ so please be aware of this when making reservations.

Health notice for pet owners

We have just been informed of a tick disease previously unknown in the Bahamas called EHRLICHIA EWINGII. This has been diagnosed by a leading US laboratory after extensive tests. It was caught here in Sandyport as the dog had not been out of the community during the incubation period.

Current standard tests by Bahamian vets do not cover this tick disease and the animal will get a clear test when it is, in fact, infected. It is most important that any animal showing tick disease symptoms should also be tested for EHRLICHIA EWINGII if the standard tests show negative. Currently, a local vet will not think there is any need to test for this disease.

Thank you to Tim R. for bringing awareness of this matter to the community.