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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Malaysia, Selangor : Ignorance doesn't help in fighting dengue

Via The Star :

" Dengue fever is sweeping across Selangor, with thousands being infected and 14 deaths reported.
The main cause for the recent spike is a tidak apa attitude as well as ignorance.
It is important to know what dengue fever means and how we can protect ourselves and our families from the tiny but dangerous Aedes mosquito.
Selangor Health executive councillor Dr Daroyah Alwi has said that to prevent the spread of dengue, the public must first prevent the breeding of its vector, the Aedes mosquito.
With its black-and-white stripes, the Aedes mosquito is easily identifiable.
Aedes mosquitoes need stagnant water to reproduce. To control their number, there should be no pools of stagnant water, which allow them to breed.
Even a curled up mango leaf in the garden can be a spot for the eggs to hatch. If conditions are not favourable, the eggs will remain dormant for a year or more under your rose bush in a garden that is shaded and cool.
Mosquitoes tend not to migrate far from the breeding site, so the problem is often localised."

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