AEDES mosquitoes need only 5cc of water, about a teaspoonful, to breed in, Selangor Local Government and Research Committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said, adding that not many people were aware of this fact.
Teng was speaking at a press conference in the state legislative assembly yesterday.
He urged residents to spend 10 minutes a day ensuring their homes and surrounding areas were free of places these mosquitoes could breed in.
He added that there was a downward trend in dengue cases in Selangor though it was marred by the fact that more lives had been lost as of April 5 this year compared to the whole of 2013.
“As of April 5, or week 14 of this year, the recorded number of dengue cases was 624. This is the lowest for 2014 so far,” said Teng, adding that 25 had died of the disease so far.
Apart from carrying out awareness and gotong-royong programmes, Teng said the state government will continue having weekly meetings and monitor the situation.
“We have organised talks in schools because we believe early education is important. We have also carried out a house-to-house education drive,” he said.
He also announced that the authorities were closely observing a former hotspot in Kajang, where the menace might rear its head again.
“Checks in Kampung Baru Sungai Chua found that there were still many Aedes breeding spots in the area, but the authorities are having trouble getting the people to cooperate.
“We have advised the Kajang Municipal Council to work with the Kajang assemblyman to arrange a briefing for the residents on the issue,” he added.