Citizens asked to dispose of solid waste properly

ISLAMABAD: Residents of twin cities have been advised to properly dispose of solid waste at their houses to prevent access to egg-laying female mosquitoes. According to health experts, people should avoid water storage practices, and take other special preventive measures to protect themselves from dengue virus.They said that the mosquitoes breed primarily in containers like earthenware jars, metal drums, and concrete cisterns, used for domestic water storage, as well as discarded plastic food containers, used automobile tyres, and other items that collect rain water. Sharif Astori of the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said that dengue is a mosquito-borne infection, which in recent years has become a major public health concern.He informed that the dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. He added that the spread of dengue is attributed to expanding geographic distribution of the four dengue viruses and of their mosquito vectors, the most important of which is the predominantly urban species aedes aegypti. He said that the rapid growth of urban population is bringing ever greater numbers of people into contact with this vector, especially in areas that are favourable for mosquito breeding, like where household water storage is common and where solid waste disposal services are inadequate.Astori said that dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female aedes mosquitoes. He added that mosquitoes generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. He added that after virus incubation for eight to ten days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing, and blood feeding of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. He said that the virus circulates in the blood of the infected humans for two to seven days, at approximately the same time as they suffer from fever. He added that the clinical features of dengue fever may vary according to the age of the patient. Dengue awareness campaign starts today: The dengue awareness campaign is being launched for the first time in capital today (Saturday).The door-to-door dengue awareness campaign organised by the federal government starts today and would continue till June 28. Besides door-to-door campaign, theatre shows would be held in various public areas of the city in which preventive measures would be depicted through comic shows. 

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