Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Anti-dengue drive launched in Davao City

Amidst the rising cases of dengue victims in the Philippines, village officials and residents initiate fogging operations on Wednesday afternoon in Barangay 32-D in Davao City. Health officials discourage the use of fogging machine because of its harmful chemicals. (Photos by Karlos Manlupig)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 17, 2011) - Villagers in the southern Philippine city of Davao fought off mosquitoes by fogging them in areas where the insects are known to breed.

Mosquitoes have been largely blamed for the spike of dengue cases in the country. The Department of Health said that more than 39,000 cases have been reported from January to July and the number is rising.

Health officials also appealed to the citizens to keep their surrounding cleans and rid empty container where mosquitoes, particularly “Aedes aegypti,” can breed.

The bite of such mosquito can spread the disease that causes the deadly dengue fever. At least 200 people had died from the disease since early this year. (With a report from Karlos Manlupig)

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