PIA | Philippine Information Agency | DOH, Maynilad launches anti-dengue mosquito trapPosted: January 30, 2013
The mixture, placed inside a recycled plastic bottle, is composed of clean water, brown sugar and yeast which produces carbon dioxide that attracts the mosquitoes, trapping them in the device and killing them. This device can kill hundreds of mosquitoes within a period of two weeks before it needs replacement.
The DOH estimated that from January to October 2012, there was a 24.92 percent increase in dengue cases compared to the same period the previous year. Of the 132,046 cases reported nationwide during this period, 701 were fatal.
According to DOH-NCR Assistant Regional Director Adrian Subaan, a breakdown of the dengue cases by region showed that Metro Manila had the highest number, with 20.42 percent of the incidences; while the World Health Organization recently declared dengue as the fastest-spreading tropical disease in the world, infecting an estimated 50 million people in more than 125 countries. It had overtaken malaria as the most notorious mosquito-borne disease.