Saturday, August 13, 2011

Roblot Community purged of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes?

Recognizing the threat to public health posed by Dengue, a fogging team from the Environmental Health Division of the Ministry of Health gave the community of Roblot and environs a real douching of fog on last Tuesday evening.
The Dengue Fever craze that has gripped the country have the officials doing every thing in their power to help eradicate the Aegypti mosquito which is the vector that spreads the disease.
Dengue fever also known as Breakbone fever is an infectious disease cause by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles.
This community recently has seen an increase in the population of mosquitoes due to the consistent rain over the past months. The community is noted for its handicraft.the raw material is from a plant called screw pine which traps a lot of water within its body.....ideal breeding grounds for the mosquitoes.
The local shops have seen an increase in sale of Baygon, Bop, mosquito coil and the like. This fogging operation will surely help.
The community welcomes the initiative. The kids themselves have had a field day as it was the first time they are seeing such a machine and activity in their community. There was much excitement during the squealing sounds of the fog machine and the heavy white smoke cloud which covered the area.
That night everyone must have slept like a rock.
Me too.
Much more info on the disease can be found at www.niaid.nih.gov

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