By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Tainan Mayor William Lai is still mulling over using sea water to combat the dengue fever
epidemic that is fast spewing out of control, as the number of patients suffering from the disease this year has reached 2,000, reports said Thursday.
For now, Lai said it is considering using other conventional methods to fight off the outbreak.
In an effort to eliminate the Aedes mosquito in dengue-stricken Kaohsiung last year, health officials attempted to kill mosquito larvae by flooding drainage systems in two dengue fever-affected wards with sea water.
According to health authorities, mosquito larvae soaked in sea water with an average salinity of over 30 practical salinity units (PSU) for 12 hours will die. [FULL STORY]