Thursday, September 01, 2016

Unwelcome immigrant - Zika

The Zika virus, carried by the Aedes mosquitoes, also carriers of Dengue fever, is either here in Malaysia or will be here shortly, perhaps starting off in Johor and spreading up northwards. Then we will have a choice of either Zika fever or Dengue fever.

What do we do then? Can we fight those deadly fevers?

Yes, according to Dr Amar Singh HSS, though he was a wee unhopeful, but nonetheless he warned us via the MM Online that:

1. The Zika virus is spread mainly by infected Aedes mosquitoes and also by sexual transmission. Our nation is rich with Aedes mosquitoes.

[he is either still a virgin or just too bashful to say our nation is also 'rich' with sexual exploits of the illicit variety, wakakaka, thus there would be lots of unofficial or hopefully unrecorded sexual transmission, wakakaka, especially when you have muftis talking about having sex on the back of a camel or un-remarried divorced women were likely to be 'gatal sedikit']

[and on sex, Universiti Malaya's Prof Dr Mahmud Zuhdi Abdul Majid recommended more misyar marriages in which the Prof explained the difference between misyar and a polygamous marriage was that the husband did not have to provide money or clothing for his other wife but would only be there to satisfy her sexual needs]

[Thus he recommended misyar marriage to overcome the rising number of unmarried Muslim divorcees and women. In fact Utusan Malaysia had quoted him saying that misyar marriages could also reduce the incidence of vice among Muslim women. Hmmm, 'upstanding' crime fighters!]

2. The virus is new to us, we are not immune to it, there is no definitive drug to treat it and any vaccine will take a few years to be developed and tested.

[Malaysian doctors and medical scientists, here's your opportunity to be the first to discover a cure, no matter how many years it may take]

3. Most importantly we have failed as a nation in our fight against Dengue, and the same mosquito vectors carry Zika.

Dr Amar Singh explained that as a nation we have failed in our social due diligence in the following message he has given us:

The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. This means getting rid of Aedes mosquitoes. The public will demand that the Ministry of Health (MOH) take action on this, like they have for Dengue. But Zika, like Dengue will not be controlled by the MOH alone, but only with the involvement of the people of this country, every person.

Vector borne diseases require us either to avoid the vector (preventing mosquitoes’ bites is not easy) or removing the vector (preventing mosquitoes breeding which is possible).

But we are a dirty nation. We like to believe it is a minority that throw rubbish and the majority are civic minded. But the reality is that many Malaysians throw rubbish anywhere they like. A visit to recreational areas will show you how trashed we are. Our cities are rubbished, drains choked and even hospital compounds littered by visitors.

We have a small window of opportunity to prevent the wide spread of Zika virus in the nation.

Every single Malaysian needs to act today to prevent Zika transmission.

We need to aggressively, proactively and consistently keep our home compounds, our neighbourhoods and our cities clean.

We must empower our authorities to take action against those who do not do so and endanger the health of our children. This includes construction sites, recreational areas, public amenities, etc.

Our politicians must not be allowed to interfere when compounds are issued for mosquitoes breeding at projects or development sites – governmental or private.

Our city councils must really work, not claim to work. We must work as communities to change our recalcitrant neighbours.

Some will say it cannot be done but this is not true. Singapore has been able to reduce its Aedes household/premises index (percentage of facilities breeding Aedes) from 50 per cent in the 1970s (i.e. every other house) to 0.2 per cent in 2013.

His message is vital, timely and precise.

Additionally, my Penang lang, Dr Neil Khor, had once written of using anti-larvae methods, namely the use of guppies (peacock hu) to combat the larvae of mosquitoes, regardless of whether those larvae belong to Aedes or Anopheles mossies.

not above guppy types (designed cosmetic types for aquarium only) - also called rainbow fish or millionfish

use the local less colourful rugged Malayan feeder guppies (below pic) which adapt easily to the wild, dirty ponds, holes, drains, cesspool, etc 

local or feeder guppies (peacock hu)
locals use them to feed Oscar fish
they're rugged and adaptive to all environment
they'll eat up mossie larvae 

Thus it beholds every, I say again, every Malaysian citizen to spread local or feeder guppies or peacock hu everywhere, and not just for your predatorial Oscar fish. Once in Penang one could get peacock hu everywhere, and I mean everywhere, even in drains.

Guppies are easily bred and quite prolific in their breeding too. Just keep a couple and you'll probably have a few hundreds within 3 months. Go forth and spread those pisces delights (fiends to mossie larvae and friends of ours). It's your duty and responsibility.

1 comment:

  1. M'sia officially welcomes Zika. though it didnt come from the south, the patient had been to Singapore nonetheless.