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by yvonne t. nathan
Preventive measure: Asmawi (right) and Sri Tanjung Apartments representative Mohd Nizam Abdullah (second from right) releasing the Toxorhynchites mosquitoes recently
A SPECIES of mosquito has been released to combat dengue at the Sri Tanjung Apartments in Puchong.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) officers released the Toxorhynchites mosquitoes in the area following 15 reported cases of dengue between January and June this year — the highest number in the Kinrara area.
Prior to the release of the 400 adult Toxorhynchites mosquitoes and 200 pupae, residents were briefed on the prevention of dengue by MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi.
He urged the residents to ensure the cleanliness of the neighbourhood to prevent aedes mosquitoes from breeding.
“Early studies in this area show as many as 500 to 700 growing in a month. Using Toxorhynchites mosquitoes, we are showing people that mosquito breeding can be controlled through biological means and without using chemicals,” Asmawi said.
MPSJ Health Department director Dr Roslan Mohamed Hussin said the Toxorhynchites mosquitoes were not genetically modified and originated from tropical forests.
“The Sri Tanjung Apartments provide a suitable environment and the vegetation here will be able to sustain the Toxorhynchites mosquitoes,“ said Dr Roslan.
The Toxorhynchites mosquitoes, also known as “elephant mosquitoes”, consume other mosquito larvae, including the aedes, at its larval stage.
Adult Toxorhynchites mosquitoes feed on plant nectar in the surrounding area, and not blood, to produce eggs. They are, therefore, harmless to humans.
An information counter was also set up to educate residents on the Toxorhynchites and aedes mosquitoes.
This is the second area MPSJ has implemented the programme after Kampung Sri Aman, Puchong in 2011.
“Although there seemed to be a positive effect in Sri Aman, it could have been caused by other factors
so we will continue to monitor both areas,” said Dr Roslan.
MPSJ is working together with Universiti Sains Malaysia on the programme and had received a RM60,000 allocation from CIMB Bank for the purpose.
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