As part of efforts to combat any possible dengue fever outbreak in the CNMI, the Commonwealth Health Care Corp.’s Bureau of Environmental Health recently took part in pesticide applicator training. In addition, the BEH staff obtained certificates on pest control.
The training was conducted by the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s Pesticide program, which is responsible for regulating pesticide importation, distribution, sale, use, storage, and disposal in the CNMI. The training included an overview of federal and local regulatory requirements, pest management, chemical formulation and application, and worker safety.
Completion of the Commercial Regulatory Public Health certification increases CHCC’s ability to respond to and prevent vector-borne diseases in the CNMI, including dengue. This will also allow BEH field staff to purchase and apply pesticide products in the event that a dengue or other vector-borne illness is identified.
In related news, CHCC has reported no further cases of dengue fever in the CNMI and continues to monitor the cases being reported in Guam and recommends those who intend to travel to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes in places that have dengue fever outbreaks.