Tainan mayor hits the streets in bat­tle against dengue fever

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tainan Mayor Wil­liam Lai ( ) on Satur­day led public health and en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials on a visit to residential and mar­ket ar­eas, ad­vis­ing peo­ple on ways of pre­vent­ing fur­ther spread of dengue fever in the city which has recorded 1,552 cases so far this year.

Since early Au­gust, the mosquito­borne dis­ease has been spread­ing rapidly in Tainan, with 1,200 new cases con­firmed in the past 20 days.

Lai checked the drains in the base­ment park­ing area of a su­per­mar­ket in Tainan’s north­ern dis­trict, where the out­break has been most se­vere over the past weeks. The su­per­mar­ket was im­me­di­ately pe­nal­ized as the mayor and en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cials found mos­quito lar­vae in the drains.

Mayor Lai asked the su­per­mar­ket to set up a dengue fever emer­gency cen­ter and re­port to a dis­trict of­fice ev­ery day about its en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment.

Us­ing the case as an ex­am­ple, Lai gave a di­rec­tive for all dis­trict of­fices to check on san­i­ta­tion in their neigh­bor­hoods regularly and get rid of mos­quito breed­ing grounds such as wa­ter con­tain­ers.

In the bat­tle against the spread of dengue, some Tainan res­i­dents have been us­ing par­adise fish — na­ture’s ex­pert mos­quito hun­ters - to get rid of mos­quito lar­vae. Lo­cal aquar­ium shops have do­nated 1,000 par­adise fishes to two dis­trict of­fices in the hope that the fish will rid the drains, ponds and low-ly­ing ar­eas of mos­quito lar­vae.

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