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Describe a time when the health authorities carried out fogging in your area

 
Dengue fever is an ever-present threat in our country and often the health authorities carry out fogging to destroy the adult Aedes Egypti mosquitoes that carry the disease-causing virus.

We heard that one of our neighbors was hospitalized with dengue fever. Two days later, just as the sun was setting, a van carrying officials from the Health Department arrived in our neighborhood. Two uniformed men went round the houses informing the occupants that they were carrying out fogging in the area, including inside each house. everyone was to come out of their houses.

Two other men, each armed with a fogging machine and wearing a gas mask, then proceeded to fog the area.

The machines made a very loud wailing noise and produced huge amounts of smoke. This smoke was the very substance that killed mosquitoes, or for that matter, many small insects that come in contact with it. It had a slightly pungent smell to it and we were advised not to breathe it in. After all it killed mosquitoes and insects. It was definitely not good for us to breathe it in.

The men went from house to house fogging the compound and the inside of each house. As all the occupants had to come out, some elderly residents were helped out by younger ones. So for about half an hour, all the residents in our neighborhood stood or sat outside while they watch the men fog their houses. During that time, neighbors exchanged stories and news about the dengue situation and the victim who was still in hospital. It was actually a  bit of a social event for the residents.

The smoke dissipated after the men left. Then house by house, the occupants returned to their homes that would be free of mosquitoes for a day or so. The residual smell was tolerable. It was a change from having to put up with irritating mosquitoes on most days.

Fogging was an effective way of destroying mosquitoes but it did not eradicate them, for soon the larvae that were living in water would soon emerge as adult mosquitoes to bite and possibly endanger us once again.

     
dengue fever   an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints.
     
tolerable   of a quality that is acceptable, although certainly not good:
     
dissipated   to gradually disappear
 
 
 

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