No dengue cases in Kota Laksamana since release of 'Romeo' mozzies

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  • Thursday, 01 Aug 2019

MELAKA: The state's commercial hub, Kota Laksamana, has recorded zero dengue cases since last week following the release of 16, 000 sterile male aedes mosquitoes last month, says state Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong.

"Previously, we used to get one case daily during peak periods.

"We thank these 'romeo' mosquitoes for doing their job, although it's still premature to gauge the success of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) programme within a short period of time, " he said on Thursday (Aug 1).

Low said before SIT, Kota Laksamana was one of areas with a high number of dengue cases.

“Sterile males were released in the Kota Laksamana area in the first phase, and a total 65, 000 male mosquitoes would gradually be freed in stages to mate with the females in an effort to reduce its population, ” he said.

SIT, he added, was an environment-friendly insect pest control method, and Melaka would be the benchmark to gauge the success in controlling the pest by the Health Ministry.

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