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Re: The politics of Dengue

Posted by David on December 28, 2009, 3:15 pm, in reply to "The politics of Dengue"

We who live out here by the mangrove are not convinced that the dengue mosquitos originate here.

So far, it seems that people out this way have not gotten dengue as much (knock on wood). Studies in other areas of the world point toward tiny perfectly stagnant sources of water as breeding points for the Aedes egypti mosquito.

"The mosquitoes that transmit dengue live among humans and breed in discarded tires, flower pots, old oil drums, and water storage containers close to human dwellings." --WHO

There are even rumours that La Manzanilla and Melaque have old wells and cisterns from decades past, that have grown over and now are perfect breeding grounds for these mosquitos.

DDT is like using a sledgehammer to kill a mosquito. And maybe not the right one.

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