Pollution is no solution to mosquito threat: Doctors tell how to be safe from dengue
Contrary to popular belief in several parts of rural India, experts have found that pollution does not play a role in combating the mosquito threat. You explained that pollution does not stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
Many believe that air pollution or smog inhibits mosquito breeding. However, medical professionals have called it a myth. They said the pollution did not affect mosquito breeding. Despite the “very poor” air quality, dengue cases are increasing in the state capital. So far this year, 2,700 cases have been reported. Of these, over 1,100 cases were reported in the first week of November.
The neighboring city of Noida is also struggling with a dengue outbreak. Over 500 cases have been reported to date.
POLLUTION DOES NOT REDUCE MOSQUITIES
Mosquitoes are not affected by pollution and their reproduction will only stop in extreme weather conditions, doctors said.
“Pollution and mosquito breeding have nothing to do with each other. It is true that extreme weather has an impact (on their reproduction), ”said Dr. Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant in the internal medicine department of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Delhi, told India Today TV.
Another dengue expert, Dr. DK Gupta, Director of Noida Felix Hospital, said: “The change in temperature has a significant impact on the life cycle of these insects. Studies show that mosquitoes that have developed resistance are more tolerant of high temperatures and have become insecticide resistant. “
“In addition, polluted water sources become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which are tolerant of a range of toxins,” he said. “In addition, human activity is the main reason for the evolution of these mosquitoes. Human pollution is causing malaria-carrying mosquitoes to invade new regions. “
Dr. Gupta said, “The constantly changing weather and our environmentally harmful activities are increasing day by day. This leads to high cases of infection such as malaria and dengue.
HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE?
Health experts have suggested ways to keep mosquitos away. And if there were symptoms, it was advised to consult a doctor.
According to Dr. Chatterjee should follow these steps for safety:
- Keep your house clean.
- Don’t let the water stagnate.
- Cover your body completely and use mosquito repellants or nets.
- Contact your local doctor if you have symptoms.
According to Dr. Gupta these steps should be taken to keep children safe:
- Use screens on doors and windows.
- Repair broken or damaged screens immediately.
- Keep unshielded doors and windows closed.
- Have children wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks when they go outside, and use mosquito nets over their beds at night.
- Use insect repellant as directed on children. Choose one with DEET or lemon eucalyptus oil.
Here is the list of natural mosquito repellants that can prevent dengue fever:
- Citronella: One of the most popular mosquito repellants is citronella.
- Peppermint Oil: The use of peppermint oil is another popular natural mosquito repellent.
- Thyme oil: It can be effective for a short time in preventing mosquito bites and dengue fever.
- Take oil.
- Clove oil.