Saturday, January 31, 2009

MOSQUITOES WITH MALAYSIAKINI: Worst Dengue Epidemic in History

In trying to understand about food chain, when one animal becomes food to another and so on, I am thinking if we can go back to nature to solve this impending problem in a natural way. I saw the other day a cicak jutting out its tongue to grab a mosquito.

But of course, a quicker way is to spray them with ordinary mosquito spray, shelltox or whatever, and to clear out bottles and containers which could retain water and become breeding ground. One may clear up one's house, but mosquitoes travel quite a distance, therefore the whole community has to get some communal activities going to safeguard their area.

The fogging people cannot come everyday to spray white smoke. And what about the abandoned projects which had become haven for not only drug addicts but mosquitoes too ?

But Ismail Merican had given ample warning of worst yet to come ..... So folks, lets open your door when fogging people come knocking.!
[The dengue rash is charact eristically bright red petechiae and usually appears first on the lower limbs and the chest.] from: SPEAK UP MALAYSIA

Worst Dengue Epidemic in History

Prensa Latina
Kuala Lumpur 30jan09

The government of Malaysia today confronts the worst dengue epidemic in the history of the country that has already caused 14 deaths and closet o 5,000 infected this year.

The director general of the Health Ministry, Ismail Merican, told the press that the number of victims represents almost three times those registered in 2008 when five deaths and 2,223 infected were reported.

Merican called on the citizens to avoid combating the disease with pesticides that only kill adult mosquitoes not larva.

Kuala Lumpur warned that the epidemic threatens the economy of the country.

In the meantime, health authorities relate the growth of the virus with strong rainfalls in the last few months that lead to create wells and swamp lands in residential regions.

Dengue is a febrile viral disease that is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti with symptoms that include fever, intense pain in the muscles and joints and inflammation of the lymphatic glands. Its hemorrhagic strain is endemic in Southeastern Asia.

The disease spreads in the large cities, above all, due to the stagnation of water, the favorite habitat of the mosquitoes. [Malaysia: Worst Dengue Epidemic in History Prensa Latina]