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CWC war on mosquitoes

2011-02-14 10:25

Dhaka - Bangladesh has launched an all-out war on mosquitoes in and around cricket stadiums to ensure a bite-free World Cup for spectators and players, an official said on Monday.

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has deployed spray teams to wipe out mosquitoes at the city's two stadiums, which will host the opening ceremony and six World Cup matches, health chief Brigadier General Nasir Uddin said.

"Mosquitoes have been breeding alarmingly in recent months so we have taken special measures to kill mosquitoes in the stadiums and for three kilometres (two miles) around them," he said.

"Our special teams headed by DCC officers have been spraying extensively in every open space, drain, pond and sewer to make sure no mosquito can breed. We want to ensure a mosquito-free World Cup for spectators."

He said areas near hotels used by teams and supporters would also be sprayed.

Malaria is usually restricted to rural areas of Bangladesh, but dengue fever is common in towns.

The country is a co-host of the World Cup along with India and Sri Lanka.

After the opening ceremony in Dhaka on February 17, the action begins with a Bangladesh v India clash in the city on February 19.

The World Cup is the biggest event that Bangladesh has hosted since its independence in 1971.

Authorities have already evicted hawkers and beggars, forced worn-out buses off the roads and banned laundry from being hung out near stadiums to improve Dhaka's image.

AFP

Comments
  • jviljoen545 - 2011-02-14 11:37

    i have heard of a herb mixture that you could possibly investigate and would like to hear from you on what you are going to use, thanks, regards

      Theuns - 2011-02-14 14:53

      use lavender spray. It works but you will smell like a poef....

  • Kiff - 2011-02-14 11:39

    I did not know they the SA politicians were going to the CWC? Blood sucking things!

  • kznsc - 2011-02-14 12:21

    Breed and release dragon flies they feed on mosquitos, in and out of the water. You are killing their natural predators too and that just intensifies the plague.

      logical007 - 2011-02-14 13:12

      Wasps too

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-14 13:03

    Well, well..it seems the Proteas have the perfect excuse now...WE CHOKED ON A MOZZIE......

  • Snotty - 2011-02-14 14:15

    mosquitoes dont bite people who smell of alcohol so drink and stay bite free

  • mycousin - 2011-02-14 16:00

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