How fragile life can be!

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Lately, dengue has made its way to our little country.  Hence, the authority concerned, National Environment Agency (NEA) launched a “Do the Mozzie Wipeout” campaign to educate the public on dengue at the same time to prevent dengue from spreading.

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NEA advised every household to do the following 5-step mozzie wipeout regularly:

1)     Change water in vases on alternate days.

2)     Remove water from flowerpot plate on alternate days.

3)     Turn over all pails and water storage containers.

4)     Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use.

5)     Clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.

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Also, there are 3 color codes symbolizing number of cases happening in each town.  Color ranges from the gentle case (green) to (yellow) that represent cases less than 10, until the highest level (red) that is 10 cases and above.  The color banners are hanged along the street sides to alert residents to stay vigilant and do the mozzie check regularly.

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So far, more than 3,100 persons have been infected.  Fortunately, no deaths were reported.  But the message still bring across how fragile life can be?  We are nothing under the sting of a tiny mosquito.  Let’s take heart, our frail body can never hit the high of our ego.


30 thoughts on “How fragile life can be!

    Rexlin Victor said:
    May 7, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Good post!!!! And too useful one!!!

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs said:
    May 7, 2013 at 2:55 am

    dengue fever is not fun! about ten years ago, when i was in top form/fit, dengue kicked me down for a month! i don’t ever want to be that sick again, and when the rainy season arrives and the numbers start going up, repellent is my daily perfume!

    it’s great to see that all have a positive community awareness. the people in my area shrugged and said there is little dengue here, and then i asked the doctor of the local clinic. her eyes widened, and she said that she was treating a lot of dengue.

    i hope that your area is successful in stopping dengue before it gets out of control.


      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      According to reported stated, most of the cases came from the household itself.
      It means if everybody take precaution seriously and do the 5 checking regularly, the spreading shouldn’t be growing rapidly. 😦

        Playamart - Zeebra Designs said:
        May 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

        and if the entire world hopped on this boat of being proactive……

        thanks for the pointers!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        May 7, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        You are always welcome! 🙂

    ninasbreakfast said:
    May 7, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Dengue is the whole reason my parents didn’t retire somewhere more tropical on the ocean. They both contracted dengue while putting together their place in Puerto Escondido. Instead, they now live in inland Mexico at an elevation of 1980 meters above sea level! (6,500 feet) SERIOUS stuff. They still have some residual issues from it.
    I send you love from Southern California!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Yes! I heard so far there isn’t any cure for that.
      This inspire me so much so that we are actually very fragile… 😥

    ninasbreakfast said:
    May 7, 2013 at 3:25 am

    One doesn’t build any resistance to dengue and there is no vaccine. You can get it again and again. Mum was in the hospital for several days. Dad’s face turned the color of a tomato and then all of his skin peeled off!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Thank god! I wish they are okay now!
      Hope every one of us don’t take live for granted! 🙂

    gita4elamats said:
    May 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    We get dengue outbreaks in Cairns, too, it is nasty. 😦

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Wow! I thought it only happen in the tropical countries! 😦

        gita4elamats said:
        May 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        The top end of Australia is tropical hence the mossies and flies, etc.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        May 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm

        OIC! Does that include Darwin? I have been there… 🙂

        gita4elamats said:
        May 8, 2013 at 12:16 am

        Yes, Darwin is tropical, too. 🙂

        Sydney Fong responded:
        May 8, 2013 at 12:20 am

        Thanks for sharing! At least I know more about this little stinger! 🙂

        gita4elamats said:
        May 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

        Welcome. 🙂

    Don't We Look Alike? said:
    May 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Horrible. I’ve never even heard of this!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Don’t ever let them know your existence! 😦

    CK said:
    May 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    There were 2 dengue cases happened in our condo lately, really have to be careful.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      No mercy! See them, swat them!

    Vallartina said:
    May 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

    We are facing the Dengue issue in my area, too. Fighting the Aegypti-Mosquito (it is day-active only) needs to be done by the entire area, each house, each neighbourhood. Here, a lot of successful fumgation and spraying is done within the city during reainy season. But these beasts return again and again!
    Take care and use repellent!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      My estate is not too bad! But the worst is Tampines estate, the total cases shoot up to 6000.
      Imagine this number over our population, the seriousness is actually quite great! 🙂

        Vallartina said:
        May 10, 2013 at 4:10 am

        Oh, seems to be a horrifying outbreak! The state I live, Jalisco has a population of approx. 7.3 million and we had 560 cases in all 2012, 500 were classic Dengue and 60 hemorrhagic Dengue, which is verz dangerous.
        Take care and keep on spraying!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        May 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        Haha! Shoot, shoot, shoot! No mercy! 🙂

    sarahlouisek said:
    May 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Interesting post. Why do they call them “mozzie” ?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      May 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Mozzie is actually referring mosquito. 🙂

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