Dengue fear near Velodrome
CYCLING team manager Omar Saad has urged his riders to take precautionary measures as he claimed that the areas surrounding the National Velodrome in Nilai is an Aedes mosquito breeding ground.
"This was brought up when I attended a meeting in regard to the hosting of the 2018 Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) today," said Omar, who is also the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) vice president.
"I was told that the breeding rate of the Aedes mosquito is 54 per cent in the areas surrounding the velodrome, while it is at four per cent in the areas within the velodrome.
"This was tested by a doctor from the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital in Seremban".
Omar stressed that it is a worrying statistic as the national team are currently undergoing their final phase of training at the velodrome for the Sea Games.
"I will brief our riders as soon as possible. We do not want health issues with the games so close.
"I will ask them to be careful and use cream and other repellents. The same doctor said his party will also conduct preventative measures such as cleaning and fogging,” he added. Azlan Muhammad Zain