Dengue mosquitoes change breeding habits | Inquirer NewsPosted: April 25, 2012
Mary Divine Hilario, officer-in-charge of the DOH’s Health Advocacy and Promotion Cluster, said that previously, dengue-carrying mosquitoes only bred during the wet season—in June particularly—but these days, they breed anytime.
“Times have changed. They now breed even outside the rainy season,” she said.
Another thing, Hilario said, was that dengue-carrying mosquitoes no longer distinguished between clear and murky water.
“They now breed even in filthy water, unlike before when they bred in clean stagnant water,” she said.
Hilario said this change in breeding behavior could be the reason why the incidence of dengue has surged in the Davao region the recent months.
For the first two months of the year alone, she said, 1,001 cases were recorded throughout Southern Mindanao, with at least five deaths.