Prevention is the best medicine for diseases that are caused by mosquitoes among the citizens and media plays a vital role in creating awareness, said District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. S.M. Malegowda.

He was speaking after inaugurating the media workshop jointly organised by District Health and Family Welfare Department, Mysore District Journalists' Association (MDJA) and Information Department in city on Saturday.

He said measures had been taken to stop the spread of epidemic diseases in the district and called upon the citizens to take measures to prevent water logging in their localities.

Dr. Malegowda also said that Guppi and Gambusia species of fishes were released into lakes and ponds to prevent the multiplication of mosquitoes. He added that around 77,000 fingerlings were released into lakes and ponds last year as part of preventive measure.

"Workshops and seminars have been conducted at Gram Panchyat level regarding solid waste management and fogging and spraying of mosquito repellent have been taken up in city areas which has reduced the diseases caused by mosquitoes," he added.

He further added that 15 dengue cases had been reported in Mysore in 2012 out of which 2 had died (one each from K.R. Nagar and H.D. Kote). This apart, 2 deaths due to H1N1 have also been reported in the district. But so far no deaths have been reported due to Chikungunya and Malaria, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Epidemic Disease Control Officer Dr. Manjunath said that 74 Malaria, 220 Peptitis, 5 Chikungunya, 1,403 Typhoid cases were reported in Mysore last year, adding that preventive measures were being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

Assistant Entomologist Janet Menezes gave a power point presentation on various epidemic diseases.