Mosquito-borne diseases on the rise: HPA

Aedes mosquito: the bite of these mosquitos can spread dengue | Photo: South China Morning Post

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) warns the general public of the increase in cases of mosquito-borne diseases.

Highlighting that the number of cases has increased this year in comparison to this period of last year, HPA urges the public to take preventative and precautionary measures during this time.

Statistics reveal that 322 cases of dengue were reported in July, while 268 cases were reported in August, which is a higher figure than this period last year.

General advice is to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases is to eliminate all mosquito breeding grounds (stagnant water), as well as to wear protective clothing and wear mosquito repellant when going out, especially during the mornings and evenings.

Dengue is spread by aedes mosquitos, which have a distinctive narrow and typically black body, with unique patterns of light and darks scales on the abdomen and thorax as well as alternating light and dark bands on the legs.