Colombo, Sep 14. -The first shipment of Cuban biolarvicide acquired by the government of Sri Lanka to fight the mosquito that transmits dengue is already in Colombo, announced an official source.
According to the local Ministry of Health, the product, which uses the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, will be submitted first to a pilot test in the district of Kandy, before being used all around the country.
The Cuban biolarvicide acts on the larvae of mosquitoes between the first and third stages of development.
Its makers assure it is a very effective and long-acting biological regulator, easy to store and apply. It is biodegradable and harmless to humans, animals and plants.
The Sri Lankan Health Ministry said the arrival of the Cuban biolarvicide does not mean that they will stop using other similar products developed in the country.
According to the Daily News, local epidemiologists fear a rise in dengue cases with the arrival of monsoon rains starting this month. (Prensa Latina)