Mosquito larvae found breeding in dish drainers

PETALING JAYA - Mosquito larvae have been found breeding in the bottom tray of dish drainers in the kitchen of dengue victims.

A senior inspector of the Petaling District Health Department said most times their team would check the garden, rain gutters and receptacles left in the open.

"Now, the dish drainer is on our list," he said yesterday, adding that water that had collected in the dish drainer tray would be a perfect breeding spot for Aedes mosquito larvae.

Health inspectors from the local authorities in the Petaling district, which covers Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya, found that half the dengue cases recorded in the district were due to breeding grounds located in and around the victims' homes, including the neighbours' gardens.

The district recorded 12,382 cases with 12 deaths from January to July 5.

State health executive councillor Dr Daroyah Alwi urged residents to be more responsible in clearing up mosquito-breeding areas, including the wet kitchen.

In Petaling Jaya, 3,512 dengue cases were reported from January to June, with one death in February.

Petaling Jaya City Council health and environment department director Dr Chitra Davi N. Vadivellu said there was a 200 per cent increase in cases this year compared to last year.

Last year, 1,128 cases were reported in the city from January to December.

She said the council had forked out about RM1mil for insecticides, repair of fogging machines and labour.

"We have expanded our task force teams from six to 20 to search and destroy mosquito-breeding grounds and to fog affected areas," she said.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council corporate deputy director Muhammad Azli Miswan said 142 dengue cases were reported from June 29 to July 7.

"The council is also increasing awareness of dengue through flyers, banners, exhibitions and briefings," he said.

Preventive fumigation is also conducted at certain hotspots.

However, in Shah Alam, reported dengue cases had dropped to 104 last week as compared to 175 cases the week before.

"But the numbers are still high, hence we have to continue our checks every day," said Shah Alam City Council deputy corporate communications director Shahrin Ahmad.

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