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'Homegrown mosquitoes responsible for chikungunya outbreak'

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Health Desk--- 15 July, 2017: Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq has blamed the mosquito population inside people's houses for the chikungunya outbreak.

He claimed the viral disease was spreading fast because of the mosquito populations inside households, rather than those growing in the city's drainage system.

While addressing press conference at the DNCC Nagar Bhaban on Friday, the mayor said, “Aedes mosquitoes breed in clear water that is mostly kept inside residences. We cannot go inside people's homes to stop mosquitoes from spreading”.

But he said he was sorry for the suffering of the city people, and extended his “sympathy” for them.

Epidemiologist Prof Mahmudur Rahman and entomologists Tauhid Uddin Ahmed and Dr Manjur A Chowdhury were present at the conference to share information on the recent spread of chikungunya.

Mahmudur and Tauhid said the present chikungunya situation could be termed as an epidemic. But it is for the government to decide whether it would declare it so.

In his speech, Prof Mahmudur, said, “Though Aedes mosquito is responsible for chikungunya, culex mosquito also can be a bearer of the virus. This is why it is very important to keep a patient under mosquito net for five days since his infection”.