Mosquito madness hits my part of the world twice every year, in March / April and then October / November. The reason for this is outbreaks of a mosquito transmitted disease called dengue fever that were widespread a few years ago.
This is a very debilitating infection called bone-breaking fever due to the intense bone and joint pain it causes. It also goes by the name of haemorrhagic fever due to the bleeding that occurs from the nose or mouth in severe cases.
Twice a year in “dengue fever season” , the feverish attempt at extermination of mosquitoes that ensues reaches a hysterical degree. Draining waterfalls, fountains and decorative ponds as well as clearing rain gutters assumes prime importance. Shopkeepers make a handsome profit from sales of insecticide sprays, mosquito repellents and electric ” insectocutors “.
All this activity, however, achieves the desired result. The cases of the disease are now far fewer than they used to be.
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