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Protection against Vector

Here are some examples of effective actions to protect children against vector-borne diseases.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 01, 2003 20:38 IST

Some examples of effective actions to protect children against vector-borne diseases are:

As children usually go to bed earlier than adults, at the time mosquitoes become active, the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and the screening of windows, doors and eaves provide a very effective means of protecting them against malaria.

General environmental management, including improved water management in irrigated areas, placing cattle strategically between breeding places and homesteads, and drainage or filling of water collections, may help reduce transmission risks.

Combined irrigated rice production and pig rearing close to housing must be avoided in South and South-East Asia to break the Japanese encephalitis cycle.

Hygiene education and designated safe places to swim (kept snail free through regular mollusciciding, an application upstream of a chemical which eliminates snails), as well as other environmentally sound measures and periodic deworming, will reduce the transmission risks of schistosomiasis and help control morbidity.

Cover water storage containers, and periodically empty and dry out various containers that retain water to eliminate potential mosquitoe breeding sites including buckets, discarded food containers, drums, flower vases, and car tyres (where water can collect). This will help bring down dengue transmission risks.


First Published: Sep 01, 2003 20:38 IST