Friday, March 24, 2006

Mosquito Menace

ANA: According to our sources, the Mosquito Menace is on the rise in and around the garden city of Bangalore. The citizens of this IT hub city have been complaining to the municipal authorities of the menace and a possible greater danger of epidemics to no avail. "They [the civil authorities] are just too busy with the bird flu, but mosquitoes can be even more dangerous," said Dr S T Subbu (name changed).

As a side effect of the MM, the electricity consumption is on the rise too. This is owing to the fact that residents are using more mosquito repellents through the night. Considering the power shortage and energy crisis in general, catching the growth of mosquitoes may help to lower the power consumption.

The menace is not limited to the marshy areas or areas near the extinct or live lakes of this beautiful city. "Where there are people, there are mosquitoes," said an obviously irritated lady. "They are even into my office cubicle - can you believe that?," said Raja, a software professional. When enquired with the civil authorities, the officials said, "It's noted. And action is being taken. Even we are suffering from it in our cabins," after killing two mosquitoes in one tight slap. "See that? We are taking action - two mosquitoes are less in this world now!" The official said on the terms of anonymity, after this daylight murder.

What could be the reason for this increasing population of mosquitoes? When investigated on this front, a couple of obvious answers came begging. The areas of the city where garbage collection has not been a regular phenomenon are suffering more. The areas near open water bodies see more mosquitoes. But there is more to it - even some posh areas of the city have been suffering badly. Can mosquitoes migrate in search of food? "Yes!" was the quick answer from Dr N T Rama, a leading researcher of zoology.

As the MM spreads, residents are requested to take some simple measures, such as not allowing water to collect in puddles around their houses, etc. What's more, they are advised to wear long-sleeves and cover their skins. Although there is bound to be a certain resistance from the student community and film actresses, the doctors are strongly advocating for this practice. Software companies are urged to communicate the possible health hazards to the employees. "We have already started with counteractive measures," said M Mohan, CEO of a leading BPO firm in the city. "As we work mostly during nights, it is very important that the employee keeps her focus on the work rather than mosquitoes," he further added.

Going by the realities of today, it seems like it is going to take some time before the rampant MM is caught. Till that time, the times are going to be a bit gloomy. Especially for the students and film actresses.

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