The Portland Health Department has responded to a recent complaint made by residents of the Hope Bay Community of a concrete tank sited for breeding mosquitoes which was aired on a newscast on CVM News Live Evening Edition on, July 31, 2019.  In the newscast, the residents complained of increased mosquito nuisances and sited a concrete tank near the Hope Bay Health Centre as the major contributor to the problem.

Investigations carried out by Public Health Inspectors from the Portland Health Department revealed that the concrete tank is a part of an unfinished sewage system that was being implemented by the Portland Municipal Corporation who owns the property.

The tank is regularly checked by the Portland Health Department and was treated by the Vector Control Workers on Thursday, August 1, 2019, with aquatain (silicone-based liquid for mosquito control). At the time of inspection and treatment, the Culex species of mosquitoes were seen in the water.  No Aedes aegypti were identified which is the carrier of the Dengue, Chikungunya and the Zika Viruses.