Tag: Dr Jim McNelly

MRCU boss denies dead bees linked to spraying

MRCU boss denies dead bees linked to spraying

| 04/12/2019 | 50 Comments

(CNS): Mosquito Research and Control Unit Director Dr Jim McNelly told Finance Committee on Tuesday that the MRCU has no evidence to link its work with anecdotal claims of dead bees. McNelly has not yet responded to enquiries by CNS, following reports by concerned readers last week that several people saw a significant number of […]

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MRCU using controversial pesticide

MRCU using controversial pesticide

| 13/08/2019 | 78 Comments

(CNS) Updated: The Mosquito Research and Control Unit has confirmed it is still using a controversial pesticide as part of its arsenal of weapons against the pests. In response to enquiries by CNS, MRCU Director Jim McNelly said chlorpyrifos is used as a rotational tool where mosquitoes exhibit a resistance to pyrethroid-based products. But this […]

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Concerns grow over mosquito control

Concerns grow over mosquito control

| 05/07/2019 | 83 Comments

(CNS): From the impact on the bee population to pellets contaminating water cisterns, a growing number of people in Cayman are raising the alarm about the current policies of the ministry responsible for the Mosquito Research and Control Unit. While Cayman has always battled the various native and invasive mosquitoes through different means, at present […]

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Miller urges gov’t to sort problems with MRCU

Miller urges gov’t to sort problems with MRCU

| 12/06/2019 | 80 Comments

(CNS): Ezzard Miller is calling on the government to remedy the serious mosquito infestation plaguing his North Side constituency, which appears to be due to a lack of the necessary chemicals to kill the insects. The MLA, who recently resigned from the opposition leadership, said government should immediately fund the purchase of the insecticides needed […]

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MRCU using CUC meters to map inspections

MRCU using CUC meters to map inspections

| 25/02/2019 | 4 Comments

(CNS): A team of disease prevention officers (DPOs) from the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has begun residential inspections to collect data on where the dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquito is breeding. Officials said that the DPOs are inspecting the grounds of homes for containers, whether human-made, such as buckets, tyres and cisterns, or natural, like […]

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Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

| 23/11/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): The environmental health minister, who has responsibility for the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU). has said the release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay did not work and has confirmed that when the Oxitec contract formally ends on 31 December, that will be “the last you hear about Oxitec being […]

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MRCU to stop releasing GM mosquitoes

MRCU to stop releasing GM mosquitoes

| 12/11/2018 | 35 Comments

(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit has admitted that it has stopped the release of Oxitec’s genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Grand Cayman, claiming that it is moving into a monitoring phase just a few months after it entered a deal with the bio-engineering firm in May.

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MRCU aims to eradicate Aedes aegypti

MRCU aims to eradicate Aedes aegypti

| 30/08/2018 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) has created a board made up largely of international and global technical experts with the ambitious goal of eradicating the Aedes aegypti mosquito from Grand Cayman. The creation of this specialist advisory board was revealed in a press release from government, which said the board would provide input on […]

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Minister visits MRCU a year after taking office

Minister visits MRCU a year after taking office

| 25/06/2018 | 26 Comments

(CNS): More than twelve months after taking office, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, accompanied by senior officials, made his first visit to the Mosquito Research and Control Unit headquarters last week, despite the controversies surrounding the contract with Oxitec, the bio-engineering firm that is producing sterile genetically modified mosquitoes. It is not clear why Seymour has […]

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MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

| 22/05/2018 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Despite recent revelations that the pilot project using genetically modified male mosquitoes to reduce the Aedes aegypti population fell far short of expectations, the government has signed a new deal with biotechnology company, Oxitec, to continue releasing them. The contract is costing the public purse around CI$588,000 and appears to be not much more than a […]

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Cover-up over GM mozzie project denied

Cover-up over GM mozzie project denied

| 16/05/2018 | 49 Comments

(CNS): Officials have said emails sent by Nancy Barnard while she was acting director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit have been distorted and that she was not trying to cover anything up about the controversial genetically modified mosquito pilot. Barnard, who was corresponding with scientists about the results of the MRCU and Oxitec project […]

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