Rain causes surge in dengue larvae

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The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been linked to both dengue fever and the Zika virus.

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—The Punjab government has accelerated the pace of larvae-cidal activities to save the population of five big districts of the province which are at high risk in current season of dengue spread on account of heavy rains this year.
There is a co-relation between precipitation and larvae breeding which requires more vigilance in larvae-cidal activities which are in full swing throughout the province.
This was disclosed in a video link conference on dengue control held here at Civil Secretariat Lahore. Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja presided over the conference.
Advisor to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, Members Punjab Assembly Majid Zahoor, Waheed Gul, Provincial Secretaries Muhammad Aslam Kambo, Nawazish Ali, Farasat Iqbal, Additional Secretary Technical, Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Dr. Salman Shahid, DG Health Services Punjab Dr. Syed Mukhtar Hussain, In-charge CM’s Dengue Control Cell Dr. Muhammad Waseem, DCO Lahore Capt. (R) Muhammad Usman, DCO Sheikhupura and other senior officers from various provincial departments attended the conference while Commissioners and DCOs of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan were present on video link. The conference was told that due to recent heavy rains, the breeding of dengue larvae has raised manifold both in the indoor water tanks, room coolers and roof tops of the households and in the hotspots lying at open spaces where pounding of water is stagnated specially in the wild growth grass spread over the old graveyards.

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