Rain Spells May Spoil Larvicidal Activity Used To Kill Dengue Mosquitoes
Rain Spells May Spoil Larvicidal Activity Used To Kill Dengue Mosquitoes: According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecasting officer Rashid Bilal, the rain caused by a westerly wave is likely to persist until Tuesday. He said the maximum rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was 21 millimetres in Islamabad and 10 millimetres in Rawalpindi.
The rain turned Sunday into a perfect weekend for the Islooites, who enjoyed the pleasant weather at the parks and picnic places, while eateries crowded with foodies especially from the afternoon to the night.
Rain Can Cause Mosquitoes Pockets
But there is a warning given that these rain spell may cause pockets for mosquitoes and create dengue fever in future.
The repeated rain spells in this region of the country in last two weeks would create pockets for breeding of mosquitoes including ‘aedes aegypti’ and ‘aedes albopictus’, the vectors that cause dengue fever while it may also spoil the larvicidal activity carried out by the district health departments recently.
Recent rain spells would certainly increase the risk of spread of dengue fever
By creating more and more pockets for mosquitoe’s breeding, the recent rain spells would certainly increase the risk of spread of dengue fever in future if prompt action is not taken well in time both by the concerned government authorities and the individuals particularly to eliminate possible breeding sites of larvae of “aedes aegypti”.
Health experts have stressed upon the need of an environment clean from solid waste as well, as it may become a main risk factor after the rain and help growth of larvae of dengue fever vector after accumulation of water in heaps of garbage.
The recent rain spells would provide water to the eggs of mosquitoes increasing the chances of growth of larvae and to avoid growth of dengue fever vector, immediate removal of water accumulation is needed.
Rain may cause water accumulation on under construction sites, on rooftops in discarded cans and like utensils.
It is time for all stakeholders including health departments to launch awareness campaigns and surveillance campaigns against dengue fever to avoid a possible outbreak of the infection in coming weeks.
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