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New campaign seeks to reduce risk of vector-borne diseases

THE Shanghai Patriotic Health Campaign Committee yesterday launched a monthlong, citywide campaign to improve people’s awareness of the health risks posed by mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and rats.

The aim of the scheme is to show people how they can protect themselves from such threats. It will pay special attention to the prevention of vector-borne diseases, the focus of this year’s World Health Day, which falls on Monday.

The Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the recent warm weather has seen a steep increase in the density of mosquitoes in the city. People are advised to get rid off standing water as this attracts them, while those who grow plants should be particularly vigilant.

Li Guangyao from the campaign committee said most vector-borne diseases are brought to Shanghai by people returning from trips to Africa and Southeast Asia.

As part of the educational scheme, the committee has launched a trial in Huangpu District to assess the effectiveness of pest control facilities in residential communities. This will involve monitoring activity at rat traps and insect nets in a bid to keep potential disease risks in check. Residents will also be given more information about how the facilities work.


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