Thailand Introduces New Mosquito Killing Device Amidst Dengue Problem

July 2019

Thailand is currently facing its worst dengue outbreak in half a decade. According to of the Thai Department of Disease Control (DDC), in just the first half of this year 40,402 dengue cases had been reported in Thailand, 1.6 times higher than in the same period of 2018.

The Northeastern region of the country has the highest number of dengue cases in the country. So far, 58 people have lost their lives after being infected by the mosquito-borne disease.

The Ministry of Public Health has recently introduced a new mosquito killing device – called “LeO-Trap” -that can kill 1 million mosquitoes in four weeks.

O Trap uses a substance distracted from clams to attract mosquitoes to lay eggs and add larvae to the trap, thus eliminating all the larvae. The device was successfully piloted in Songkhla province where about 1 million Aedes mosquitoes, which carry dengue fever virus, were killed after the device was placed within four weeks.

(Sources: ReliefWeb; The Nation; VietnamPlus)

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