Dengue & Vectorcide
As per our recent press release, we’re delighted to confirm that our patented coating will soon be in use across Thailand and the Mekong Delta.
What is Dengue?
Dengue is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. It’s widespread in many parts of the world. In particular, people visiting or living in Asia, and it can be very serious and potentially life-threatening.
With no specific treatment or widely available vaccine for dengue, it’s therefore important to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes when visiting an area where the infection is found. This fairly simple piece of advice may not be as simple to follow, however.
After all, exactly how easy is it to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes? They’re everywhere, and seemingly resistant to everything from simple sprays to complex insecticides.
- Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection.
- The virus responsible for causing dengue is called dengue virus (DENV). There are four DENV serotypes, meaning that it is possible to be infected four times.
- While many DENV infections produce only mild illness, DENV can cause acute flu-like illness. Occasionally this develops into a potentially lethal complication, called severe dengue.
- Severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries. It requires management by medical professionals.
- There is no specific treatment for dengue/severe dengue. Early detection of disease progression associated with severe dengue and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates of severe dengue to below 1%.
- Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
- The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades. About half of the world’s population is now at risk. There are an estimated 100-400 million infections each year.
- Dengue prevention and control depends on effective vector control measures. Sustained community involvement can improve vector control efforts substantially.
A Statement from Joe Marchand
Vectorcide Internationals own Joe Marchand says: “We’re delighted that we can soon offer our highly advanced coating to residents and businesses within Thailand and the Mekong Delta. It’s an area of extreme need and one we’ve been anxious to move into for quite some time now.”
As recently as May of this year, with 14,000 confirmed cases thus far in 2020, Thailand’s Dept of Disease Control (DDC) had issued a national warning over dengue fever within the country. With this in mind, the move to coat rooms and buildings in Vectorcide’s patented Mosquito Killing paint can’t come quickly enough for the country’s beleaguered residents.
Vectorcide’s coating works by killing over 99% of the mosquitos it comes into contact with. Mosquitoes carry not just Dengue, but also Malaria and other deadly diseases such as yellow fever and encephalitis, and the eradication of the humble mosquito is a key motivator behind Vectorcide’s continued search for success.
Of course, it’s only the female mosquito Vectorcide wants to eradicate, because it’s only the female mosquito who bites people and transmits the aforementioned diseases. In fact, as male mosquitoes don’t need human blood to survive, they’ll typically avoid human contact – after all, who wants to be swatted or sprayed away anyway?!
If you’re really keen to differentiate, you should know that the females are larger, and lack the feathery antennae of the males. Assuming you find a male to compare to, that is. They’re far less likely to be seen as they feed on the nectar of flowers, making them basically harmless to humans.
As such, all of our efforts and research have been poured into finding ways to kill the female mosquito only. Drinking flower nectar is far less harmful than drinking blood, and carries far less chance of infecting people while it’s happening too! Female Mosquitoes, however, are one of nature’s most powerful killing machines and we’ll be continuing to look at the effect they have on the world around them in other articles later this month, stay tuned.