November found to have most dengue fever carrying mosquitoes
January 5, 2018 12:00 am
Environmental health officers and the Health Ministry’s Vector Control Unit in the Northern division conducted surveys on mosquito larva last year to determine which month breeds most dengue carrying mosquitoes.
Acting National Advisor for Communicable Diseases, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan, says the team discovered more mosquitoes’ spread dengue fever in November.
She says following this survey, the Ministry resumed the “Fight the Bite” campaign.
Dr Sahukhan says they organized clean up campaigns and warned residents in the North about a possible dengue fever outbreak.
“The dengue fever mosquito likes to lives around people so where these eggs and where these dengue infected mosquitoes are, are around people. In the north in particular the most common dengue carrying mosquito is Aides albopictus which is a bit different from the ones in the central and western division which is Aedes aegypti because they are less fussy about where they lay their eggs, they can lay their eggs in stagnant water.”
The Health Ministry continues to remind the public to clean their surroundings and destroy all mosquito breeding places.