The expert said without research, inclusive of a number of tests, one should not conclude the chemicals and methods used are the cause of the suspected problem.
“They cannot speak to that. It might appear to be so and not turn out to be the case. Somebody has to investigate and observe and provide statistics. These things are tested and meet international standards,” he said.
He noted that the individuals who carry out fogging, are trained in the use of the material, and they know how what concentration should be used to make the fog efficient to get rid of the mosquito, but at levels safe for bees, humans and other living organisms.
The beekeepers last week contended that since the authorities increased fogging to combat the mosquito borne virus, chikungunya, he noticed a decline in the bee population and honey production.
Meanwhile, Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael has defended the ongoing fogging across the island amid reports that the method is no longer effective.
“When we carry out vector control programmes, we get guidelines for them also. Plus, the World Health Organisation puts out guidelines and the environmental agency of the US have determined that the malathion we use for fogging mixed with diesel is a safe pesticide to use for vector control purposes and destruction of mosquitoes,” Michael said.
He noted that there is need to educate the public about the materials and methods used to alleviate the fear and avoid wrong conclusions.
“The risks for the chemicals used for vector control are very, very low. They’re used all over the world,” he said.