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  • Deploys ‘Mosquite’ machines in five zones

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), brought to their toes by a recent High Court jolt, is just about getting into the act of identifying a process that can resolve the mosquito problem, once and for all. Taken at face value, this implies that it is back to square one.

In a rather belated move, the Corporation has procured ‘Mosquite’ machines and deployed them at five of its zones, including LB Nagar, Secunderabad, Khairatabad, Kukatpally and Charminar. The sensor-equipped machine, each of which costs Rs 70, 000, will help in studying the impact of mosquitoes and types of mosquitoes causing health hazards.

The officials are particularly keen on areas where mosquitoes are causing dengue. The study will help identify areas that are prone to dengue and other water-borne diseases in the twin cities, said an official.

A feature of Mosquite is that it releases special odours, which have the potential to attract mosquitoes. After trapping them in the device, a computer dashboard will furnish details of the insect. The data will help ascertain the types of mosquitoes and their area-wise impact. Based on the inputs, the officials will decide on the best way to eradicate mosquito menace from the city.

According to official data, over 900 dengue cases were registered in September-October in the twin cities and more than 1,400 cases registered with private hospitals.

The civic body officials have identified Begumpet and Nacharam as being more vulnerable to dengue followed by Malakpet and Borabanda.

Aedes aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes that cause dengue and chikungunya are pre-dominant in Begumpet, which like Borabanda, has to also bear the brunt of Culex attacks.

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