dengue mosquito

We were woken this morning by a government Land Rover going slowly down the road with a tannoy blaring some kind of warning in Bahasa Melayu. Not understanding the language of the country we are living in, we were mystified. Shortly thereafter a man in an overall and a face mask came slowly down the road spraying something that immediately billowed into clouds of white vapour. Realisation dawned. They were spraying the area against dengue-carrying mosquitoes. We rushed to shut all the windows though the chemical smell was already obvious inside the house. Amazing that we were not informed ahead of time with some kind of pamphlet in the mail box. Nevertheless, dengue has been on the rise in Malaysia recently so I guess the powers that be are doing what they can. Scary that there is no cure for dengue and no vaccination either.

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