August 16th 2017

Society / Health & Science

Mandera leaders want aerial sprays to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

Leaders in Mandera County, which is suffering concurrent outbreaks of cholera and chikungunya, have called upon the national government to conduct aerial sprays against the mosquitoes.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 09 Jun 2016 10:20 EAT

Aedes aegypti mosquitoe (Photo: www.nbcnews.com)

Leaders in Mandera County, which is suffering concurrent outbreaks of cholera and chikungunya, have called upon the national government to conduct aerial sprays against the mosquitoes.

Chikungunya is a disease that is spread by Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that causes dengue, yellow fever and zika virus. The disease is not fatal but causes massive muscle and joint pain and can also lead to arthritis. The disease has no known cure.

Mandera senator Billow Kerrow, speaking in Mandera Town, said that growing numbers are being affected by the disease as a result of river flooding which has been occasioned by ongoing rains. Mosquito breeding grounds will continue to rise, the senator said.

“There is no sewerage system that can handle liquid and solid waste which have contributed to cholera outbreak,” he said.

He also asked NGOs to join government efforts in fighting cholera and chikungunya outbreaks that have adversely affected residents.

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