The district health department on Tuesday launched a massive drive to check larvae of aedes egypti mosquito, the main vector that transmits the virus that causes dengue.
Breeding checkers team visited Makkar Colony, Guru Teg Bhadur Nagar, Smarat Colony in Dhandhari and Giaspura area, Dhandhari village, Guru Nanak Nagar, Gurmail Nagar, Gill Colony, CRP Quarters in Dugri, Sita Nagar, Jain Colony on Tuesday.
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said: "Checking of coolers and containers was done in houses as this mosquito breeds in clean water." He said larva of aedes egypti was found in a cooler of a flat in Jain Colony, Giaspura. The team destroyed the larva on the spot and information regarding the same had been passed to the municipal corporation officials.
Dr Verma said they would continue this drive till July. So far, eight dengue cases had been confirmed in the city of which five were from the other districts and three from Ludhiana.
The health department observes July as Dengue Awareness Month, because larvae of aedes egypti breed mostly in monsoon season.
Dr Verma appealed to the public not to get water collected in house or nearby and to change the water of flower pots and water coolers daily.