MANY mosquito-breeding grounds were found in and around several houses in Kampung Baru Kwan Tung, Sungai Chua, in Kajang, Selangor.
The breeding grounds were found in an aquarium, in plastic bottles, recyclable items and empty vases.
The Hulu Langat District Health Office’s vector unit made the discovery during its search-and-destroy operation in the village, after a man in his 50s tested positive for chikungunya a day earlier.
Kajang municipal councillor Nor Zulaila Abd Ghani, who was present during the inspection, said some 40 houses near the man’s home and the surrounding areas were checked.
Nor Zulaila, who lauded the quick action by the health office, said this was the first chikungunya case reported in the village.
“We found an aquarium in one house with water in it, which appeared to have been left idle for sometime.
“There was mosquito larva in it.
“The team also found recyclable items left outside the houses, some of which contained rainwater.
“Many of the houses were occupied by foreign workers. The cleanliness of the houses and their surrounding areas was poor,” she said.
Compounds were issued to the workers’ employers, who had rented the houses, as mosquito-breeding grounds were found in the premises. Notices were issued for the premises to be cleaned up.
“The vector unit also fogged the area the same evening,” said Nor Zulaila.
She said residents were advised to inspect their houses and compounds regularly and to destroy any possible mosquito-breeding sites.
This will help them safeguard their health from mosquito-borne diseases, she added.