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Denpasar Declares War on Malaria

Entire Capital Now Undergoing Anti-Malarial Fogging.

(12/9/2006) In anticipation of the threat of Dengue Fever during the coming rainy season, the municipal government of Denpasar is taking a number of preventative steps to reduce the incidence of malarial infections. Chief among those steps - the city government is undertaking a program of ultra-low volume (ULV) spraying and fogging in all areas.

3 ULV mobilized teams have been assigned to circulate around the City for 20 days to destroy any nesting mosquitoes. Of the 43 sub-villages comprising the capital city of Denpasar, 42 of those villages are deemed to have endemic populations of malarial-causing mosquitoes.

More Community Involvement Needed

In order to achieve the goals of reducing the incidents of dengue infections local health officials point to the need for more education among urban dwellers, alerting them of the need for to improve sanitation.

Local health authorities are also asking local residents during the fogging process to:

▪ Keep vehicle windows closed when driving through fogging areas.

▪ To cover food and drink in homes and road side restaurants.

▪ To distance children, pets and poultry from fogging operations.

▪ Cover aquariums and domestic fish/lobster production areas.

While the amount of pesticide contained in the fogging process are generally considered safe for human and animal populations, officials suggest that young children, pets, and fish populations may be more susceptible to health threats posed by the malarial fogging process.