Here's a Dengue Monitoring website. It a new government initiative and so there's just Manila area information at present .. let's hope it further develops into a Phils-wide web monitoring resource as planned ..http://oltrap.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.phpDOST launched ‘Dengue Vector Surveillance’ website
By Ron B. Lopez (MB Online)
Published: June 21, 2013
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched a website that will help the public monitor the mosquito infestation in their communities.
Called ‘Dengue Vector Surveillance’, it features a Philippine map with red and white balloons which will help health workers to monitor possible dengue-prone areas in the country.
Red balloons indicate “alert” which means that the population density of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in a certain area is too much and interventions are needed promptly.
White balloons dotting certain areas mean the population of the dengue-carrying mosquito is too sparse, or none at all, to cause any dengue incident,” the DOST website reported.
It can be accessed at: http://oltrap.pchrd.dost.gov.ph
The project, which was developed by DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), is part of an interagency collaborative anti-dengue program that includes the agencies for education, health and interior and local government units.
To feed data to the website, the interagencies have to install ‘Ovicidal-Larvicidal’ (OL) Traps in different schools nationwide. One area with OL trap already is the Kamuning Elementary School.
An OL Trap is an efficient, yet simple and affordable tool for controlling mosquito population. “An OL trap kit consists of a black container, a plywood paddle where mosquitoes lay their eggs, and a pack of pellets used to make a solution that kills the eggs and mosquito larvae,” the DOST website explained.
The mosquito population will be monitored by the schools nationwide with OL traps. They will be checking on the traps weekly and report to DOST the number of traps that contain mosquito eggs and larvae.
The DOST believes the data collected by the traps that will be uploaded to the website wil give the public a better visual indicator to monitor dengue outbreaks.
The dengue cases in the country continue to rise, especially during rainy season. http://mb.com.ph/News/National_News/18383/DOST_launched_%E2%80%98Dengue_Vector_Surveillance%E2%80%99_website