Hyderabad: As many as 18 cases of dengue have been reported till July 20 in Hyderabad. City doctors fear that many more cases will be reported as the dry spell sets in and precautionary measures are not taken as required.
There are 141 high-risk dengue zones which have been identified by the Collector of Hyderabad based on the dengue case history of the city of the last two years.
The awareness programmes in these areas were carried out in April, June and July. Yet, the methods of prevention as prescribed by the health department are not being followed by the State officials.
The weekly drying process of containers by emptying them completely is not followed regularly as clean water continues to be stored in households, which is the breeding ground for the dengue mosquitoes.
The flower pot trays and water fountains in homes are also breeding grounds of the dengue mosquito.
The mosquito control wing has been advised to check these places too in the households, but this is not be done diligently. With the dengue mosquito breeding in fresh water, it is very important to have mosquito eating fish like guppies in these tanks so that the mosquito larvae doesn’t survive.