Culex breeding grounds detected

ALOR SETAR: Eleven breeding grounds of the Culex tritaeniorhynchus and Culex sitiens mosquitoes that can potentially spread the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus, have been detected in the Kota Setar district, said Kedah Health director Dr Othman Warijo.

He said the state health department found the mosquitoes’ breeding grounds when they conducted checks in the area between Nov 25 and Dec 2 as part of their activities to control the epidemic.

“Up until Dec 2 – the eighth day of the outbreak – the number of JE cases reported in the outbreak locality remained at two cases. Both infected victims had died.”

According to a statement by Dr Othman, active case detection (ACD) was conducted around the affected areas, and 674 (23%) out of 2,926 residents in the area were screened for JE symptoms. No one was found to be infected.

Dr Othman said they also inspected 291 (70.6%) premises within a 400m radius of the two victims’ homes and found 14 mosquito breeding grounds.

He advised residents in Kota Setar to take necessary preventive measures like spraying aerosols indoors to prevent mosquito bites.

“Ensure cleanliness of the environment and destroy mosquito breeding grounds and for those with symptoms, such as fever, headache and vomiting – seek immediate medical treatment,” he said. — Bernama

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