Shanghai’s mosquito density shot up 37.8 percent from last year, according to the city’s Municipal Health Promotion Committee, which blames the increase on damp weather that’s led to stagnant water sources in the area.
“The warm weather and the rain have provided mosquitoes with favorable breeding conditions,” Zhou Yibin, an official working with the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted as saying in a Global Times report.
Health officials are calling on residents to clear standing water near their homes and are keeping an eye on the insect’s population because the little fucks can, in rare cases, spread disease.
Pest-borne diseases typically occur at a low rate. “There are no more than 10 cases of dengue fever each year,” Zhou said at a press conference Thursday. “The majority of the cases involve travelers who contracted the disease while visiting Southeast Asia or Africa.”
Japanese encephalitis is one of the most common pest-borne diseases. It primarily occurs in the city’s migrant population, which does not have a systematic vaccination record, said Li Zhongyang, vice director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Promotion Committee.
In an effort to curb the rising mosquito population, authorities have set up pest control equipment like traps and fly catchers in compounds, hoping that volunteers will maintain the equipment on a regular basis.
As if last year’s record-setting heatwave wasn’t reason enough to avoid what’s bound to be another sweltering summer, we’re now considering taking hermit-status to new levels in the impending months. Release the Mosquito Fish!
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