Collector L. Subramanian has asked the public and school administrations to be extra vigilant in preventing breeding of mosquitoes and dengue outbreak.

Launching ‘Dengue - a preventable outbreak programme,’ a campaign by the Vadamalayan Hospitals here on Sunday, he said, “The district administration has organised awareness programmes in 13 panchayat unions so far. In order to control breeding of mosquitoes and prevent dengue outbreak, we urge people to keep their surroundings clean. Heads of schools should pay more attention to cleanliness of the campus by looking into every nook and cranny to prevent dengue outbreak,” Dr. Subramanian said.

V. Pugalagiri, chairman and managing director of Vadamalayan Hospitals, said volunteers from the hospital would go on a door-to-door campaign in various localities to create awareness of preventive measures to control mosquito breeding.

S. Naavarasu, paediatrician, said dengue-infected persons should be kept under mosquito nets. “The aedes mosquitoes transmit dengue virus by biting a dengue-infected person and then a healthy person. Dengue-infected persons have high fever for 7 to 10 days only because it takes time for the virus to multiply. Proper medical care should be provided to them,” he said.

Flower pots, ornamental plants, tree holes, artificial containers and roof gutters are the common places where the aedes mosquitoes breed, he said and urged the volunteers to advise the people to clean these places frequently. “Any water stagnant for seven days can facilitate breeding of aedes mosquitoes,” Dr. Naavarasu said.