More on Dengue..

Dengue fever cases are finally on a decline due to the cold weather which discourages the mosquitoes… But we are not out of danger yet. The Pakistan Medical Association fears that even though the number of cases have subsided now, they’ll be back with full force next year. The dengue virus present here is identified by AKUH to be of Sero-type 3 and is characterized by symptoms like acute head and body ache and high-grade fever but the virus mutates and the next mutation could be even deadlier, where a patient would not suffer fever but rather go directly into dengue-shock.

The best way still to prevent the fever from occuring is still going after the mosquito. But how does one find out if there are dengue mosquitos in the vicinity? I received an email attachment today, issued by PSO on how to do just that, and i thought i’d share it with all of you.

Following steps may help to detect the presence of dengue mosquito in and around the close vicinity of your home.

  1. Take an empty transparent clean and clear glass.
  2. Place a plain white paper inside the glass in such a way that it covers the entire inside of the glass from top to bottom.
  3. Fill the glass with water up to mid level in a manner that the upper half of the glass remains dry.
  4. Place a green leaf of appropriate size (of any plant) in the glass.
  5. Keep the glass outside the house but under the shade (Gallery, terrace & balcony etc.) to avoid exposure to sunlight. Let this glass remain for 5-6 days and keep observing it daily.
  6. If dengue mosquitoes are in your locality, they will lay eggs inside the glass. These eggs look like small worms.
  7. In such a case, please get proper fumigation/spray of your house and contact the area NAZIM of your locality for spray in the adjacent localities as well.

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11 Comments so far

  1. llama (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    very informative mansoor. I have a half empty jar of mayonnaise—i’m thinking of covering the whole inside of the jar with mayo and keeping it outside. ummm, sorry, bad joke.

    anyway on a serious note, we had fumigation done but recently a wacko doc told me to get tested for dengue (she was really weird esp since i dont have any symptoms). so i’m thinking why not try your method—at least it doesnt involve blood tests. and it kinda reminds me of my school science projects :) I think i’ll give it a go.

  2. MB (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:44 am

    Thanks mansoor. Keep it up.
    Mustafa Kamal ka semester paper hoga next year. Lets see kitnay marks lata hai bacha.

  3. A for apple (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    nice post … hopefully this dengue go home for years now :>

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    What about the roads? should we take the glass jar to work? Karachi is ripped open from end to end, craters and trenches are filled with sewerage and drain water. Pura shehar tau machar colony bana hua hay, kehan tak bacho gay bhai.

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

    @Kashif: Karachi = ‘Machar Colony’ – quite an apt description of our city.

  6. Dawood (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

    All the drains have been ripped in Karachi after recent rains including the one passing through Clifton.

    Open drains are nourishing mosquitoes and when they bite infected persons they get infected and spread it further.It is being miscommunicated by authorities that Dengue virus is spreading through clean water storages just because they want to divert attention from real problem.

    Miles of drain passage has been opened to facilitate the mosquitoes while CDGK is spraying over human specie found on roads and inside houses.

  7. Imran (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

    Thank you for this useful info. We need to spread this information to our brother and sisters living in Pakistan.

  8. Kashif (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    @Dawood: Welcome to Karachi Machar Blog

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    lolz @ machar colony and machar blog :p

    dawood: dirty water is not a breeding ground for dengue machar, they are for the regular kind which are just irritating and sometimes spread malaria :p

  10. wasiq (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 7:46 am

    there is a giant size portrait of dengue mosquito on the mega board at najeeb centre (Mcdonald’s)….what’s the big idea guys….?

  11. mansoor (unregistered) on November 26th, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    there are giant mosquitos everywhere in the city :p

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