Dengue cases are rising in many places in the Philippines and it's causing alarm not just for families but for the local governments.
From January 1 up to September 19 this year 2015,
reported cases are nearing a hundred thousand at 92,807.
And it can possibly surpass a hundred thousand cases
when 2015 is through.
Dengue is caused by aedes mosquitoes found everywhere
which lay eggs in any stagnant water they find.
Clean-up drives are strongly advised in the media
especially by the Department Of Health
that includes covering up any water container
so that the mosquitoes can't breed
and draining any stagnant water around.
Children are advised to wear long pants and long sleeves
so mosquitoes can't bite easily.
Even the application of insect-repelling lotions are heavily promoted.
Misting operations and other similar ways
in many mosquito-infested areas
are already done by the local authorities to help curb the dengue cases
which is already considered an outbreak in many places.
The Department Of Health and the government
have been very active for years in the campaign against dengue
dengue cases are on the rise especially this year.
It might be due to the fact
that one reality is taken for granted:
the spider fighting or spider derby.
Spider fighting is like cock fighting
where two spiders are involved in a match
all in the name of money or plainly for sports and fun.
Everything is done with no guilt in mind
but the children and adults
involved in hunting spiders have not realized
that spiders spin webs everyday
to trap mosquitoes and other insects for food.
And they are found almost everywhere:
in houses, gardens, in bushes and plants,
significantly reducing insect population most especially mosquitoes.
But because for many years already
they are hunted for sports or money,
nature clearly strikes back with a vengeance
resulting in the rising dengue cases around the Philippines.
A law or a local ordinance that prohibits the hunting of spiders
maybe imposed the soonest possible time
and should be included in the list of preventive ways against dengue.
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