Australia readies dengue repellent for its CWG athletes

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 21:14 PM IST

Melbourne: Fearing of a dengue outbreak in
New Delhi during Commonwealth Games, Australian Commonwealth
Games Association has already kept a container-load of
mosquito repellent ready in India to be used by its athletes
if required.

"Australian Commonwealth Games Association has sent a
container-load of insect repellent to Delhi for use of the
Australian team to prepare for a possible dengue fever
outbreak in the Indian capital," said a report.

"The Australian team was caught unaware at the 1998 Games
in Kuala Lumpur, where three members of the team`s advance
party contracted the life-threatening disease, forcing the
ACGA to make an emergency call for insect repellent to protect
the athletes.”

"There were reports yesterday of the biggest dengue
outbreak in Delhi in four years," the report said.

The report quoted Municipal Corporation of Delhi
officials as saying that they do not have any information
about the ACGA move and assured of all steps to curb dengue
during the Games.

"We are taking all steps to check the outbreak of dengue.
People should ensure their households are kept clean at all
times and special attention should be paid to personal
hygiene," said N K Yadav, MCD`s chief medical officer.

PTI