Bengaluru: Mosquito-breeding spots found in 1/4th of houses surveyed | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid concerns over vector-borne infections, an ongoing survey by BBMP has found that around 25% of households covered had mosquito-breeding spots in Bengaluru.
Of 166 households covered under the Larvae survey, at least 40 had mosquito-breeding grounds, said Randeep D, special commissioner (health), BBMP. The ward-level door-to-door survey is still in preliminary stage. It was taken up by the Palike as a precautionary measure.
While the city recorded 245 dengue cases this year, health department officials suspect this may not be the exact number as there are chances of under-reporting.
BBMP officials said at least 20-30 dengue cases have been reported in the past one week, adding this could not be considered a surge.
Dr T Venkatesh, surveillance officer, BBMP, said the situation is not grave, but called for caution given that the public is more focused on Covid-19, which may lead to ignorance of other vector-borne diseases. Venkatesh said dengue needs to be checked in early stages. “We have been coordinating at the ward level and ASHA workers are conducting the survey. If rain continues and water flows, chances of mosquito breeding are less. But when rain stops for a few days, mosquitoes may breed at spots where water gets logged or remains stagnant,” he explained.
The officer said wherever they find a threat, disinfectants are sprayed. “We are also trying to create awareness among the public,” he added.
According to health officials, the focus is to kill or prevent the breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Dengue is caused by the DENV virus, a member of the family of viruses called Flaviviridae. The main vector for DENV virus is Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also spread chikungunya and Zika fever. Aedes aegypti is recognizable by black and white markings on its body. Unlike most other mosquitoes, it is active and bites only during the day.

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