Wednesday, October 11, 2006

'Flights from India could bring dengue to Nepal'

Kathmandu: India is one of many Asia-Pacific countries that have been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as at risk from dengue and health officials say that aircraft flying from India to Nepal may bring in the dengue virus. Dengue has killed significant numbers of people and affected hundreds recently.
Apart from the open boarder, Nepal has airline flights coming in every day from several cities in India. According to Dr. G. D. Thakur, chief of disease control at the Department of Health Services, entry by a single Ades Agepti (a type of mosquito that causes dengue epidemics) can breed thousands of others and airplane flights from India to Nepal every day pose the highest risk at present."
He said that Indian airports are not mosquito-free. According him, Singapore Airport is the only airport in the region that is mosquito-free.
11/10/06 Sangeeta Rijal/Kantipur Online, Nepal