Health commission battles dengue fever

Surface water brought by Typhoon Lekima provides an ideal environment for mosquitoes to breed.
Health commission battles dengue fever
Shanghai Health Commission / Ti Gong

A health worker puts anti-mosquito substance into a drain.

An anti-mosquito campaign has begun as a large amount of surface water accumulated during Typhoon Lekima and the number of dengue fever cases is on the rise.

The typhoon over the weekend brought a huge rainstorm to the city, which saw many public areas either flooded or awash with puddles, along with a buildup of water in old tyres and plant pots. All are ideal breeding places for mosquitoes, said Shanghai Health Commission.

The commission has mobilized staff, volunteers and residents to carry out a large-scale cleanup and anti-mosquito campaign.

Over 4,800 tons of trash has been removed, and 86,000 potential breeding places dealt with.

Shanghai has been under the threat of dengue fever for several years, principally blamed on imported cases through booming international traveling.

Twenty-eight cases had been reported by June this year.

Last year, there were 36 cases, including 21 local residents, a 74 percent rise from 2017.

Health commission battles dengue fever
Shanghai Health Commission / Ti Gong

Two volunteers deal with accumulated water in a discarded tyre.

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