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Plan to exterminate mosquitoes using seawater initially successful
海水滅蚊計畫初步見效 兩百隻孓孑剩三隻存活

Staff from Greater Kaohsiung’s Department of Health inspect the effects of the plan to exterminate mosquitoes using seawater on Nov. 11.

Photo: Wang Jung-hsiang, Liberty Times

When inspecting the effects of Greater Kaohsiung’s plan to use seawater to exterminate mosquitoes at 9am on the morning of Nov. 11, it was found that in 10 bags containing a total of 200 Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae, all larvae in eight of the bags had died. In each of the remaining two bags, one and two larvae had survived, respectively. According to the Department of Health’s preliminary evaluation, the effects were quite good, and during the afternoon of the same day, they were going to inspect the survival rate after 24 hours.

According to the department, it takes about four days for larvae to transform into a mosquito, and the plan for the program was therefore to continue observations for four days. If all the larvae were to die within four days, the department would quickly expand the experiment and it had preliminarily selected 400m of a ditch along an epidemic hotspot in part of the Sanmin District to be filled with seawater.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Perry Svensson)





1. inspect v.

檢視 (jian3 shi4)

例: The hunters inspect their traps once a day to see if they have caught something.


2. exterminate v.

滅絕 (mie4 jue2)

例: Why would people want to exterminate ants and other vermin?


3. observation n.

觀察 (guan1 cha2)

例: He had stay in the hospital for observation for three days.


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