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Fogging done in city not harmful: Union Health Ministry

Days after a green NGO expressed concerns over the ongoing fogging drive to deal with dengue problem in the city, Union Health Ministry on Thursday justified the preventive measure taken by the government, saying adult Aedes mosquitoes can be killed by such a method.

“Adult Aedes mosquitoes can be killed by fogging. Fogging is recommended only in case of outbreak/epidemic situation to contain the upsurge in dengue cases. This has been the principal method of dengue control used by most countries as per WHO during outbreak situation,” Health Ministry said in a release.

The viral disease is transmitted by bites of adult female Aedes mosquitoes. With a view to control the recent upsurge in dengue cases, fogging was resorted to kill adult mosquitoes by prioritising the areas with high larval density as well as reports of cases coming from affected areas, it said. So far, dengue has claimed 32 lives in over 12,500 cases officially reported in Delhi.
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