As part of steps taken by the district administration to prevent the spread of dengue fever, a team of the Perambalur Municipality on Saturday seized 650 unused tyres stacked outside 25 shops in the town.

Unused tyres serve as fertile ground for breeding of aedes mosquito that spreads dengue.

Teams from civic bodies are involved in regular clearing of garbage in all municipalities, town panchayats, and panchayats.

Special teams

Teams of 10 field workers each have been formed to identify potential mosquito breeding places in villages.

About 18,000 potential breeding places of aedes mosquitoes had been destroyed in rural areas since July, according to Darez Ahamed, District Collector.

A team, comprising 10 municipal field workers and five health inspectors, had been deployed in Perambalur municipal limits to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.

The unused tyres seized from shops would be shred to pieces.

Word of caution

The Collector advised residents not to keep unused tyres or containers in the open as they would retain rainwater and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The public, he said in a release, should clean water tanks once in three days and drink boiled water.

Municipal officials seize 650 unused tyres stacked outside 25 shops