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Ho Chi Minh City fighting against mosquitoes

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 12:24 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City fighting against mosquitoes
A staff member of the Preventive Medicine Center of District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, uses a large machine to spray mosquito insecticide.

As dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus, spreads rapidly throughout Ho Chi Minh City, local authorities are applying several strategies in the fight for a mosquito-free environment.

The Preventive Medicine Center of Ho Chi Minh City launched a pesticide spray campaign to kill mosquitoes and their larvae in many districts over the weekend.

The spraying mainly focused on areas filled with water and bushes where mosquito eggs develop into adult dengue mosquitoes.

Nguyen Thanh Tai, a resident of District 2’s Cat Lai Ward, said his children have had to stay inside the mosquito net to avoid being bitten, especially during the rainy season when mosquito larvae develop rapidly.

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An employee of the Preventive Medicine Center of District 2 clear the foliage of bushes and shrubs to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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A staff member of the Preventive Medicine Center of District 2 sprays mosquito insecticide in a dengue fever-inflicted area. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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People in Binh Chanh District’s Tan Kien Commune throw garbage into canals, causing pollution and resulting in favourable conditions for mosquitoes to breed in. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Pham Thi My Ha, a local in Tan Kien Commune, sprays mosquito insecticide in her room. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Nguyen Thi Lan in Binh Chanh District’s Binh Hung Commune puts her son in the mosquito net to prevent the child from being bitten by the insect. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Mosquitoes often live in dry coconuts filled with rainwater. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Truong Ha My, a 7-month-old child in Tan Kien Commune, cries when being bitten by mosquitoes. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Mai Thi Hien in Binh Thanh District often cleans the area around her house to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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