Invisible enemy


It’s July and all everyone is talking about is cholera and dengue fever. Particularly dengue.

For months they’ve been sending planes over the fields. We go out into the back yard and watch them circling the skies. Necks craned, ears sharp to try and hear them approaching before they appear over the trees to pass again. Small yellow planes fumigating against the Mosquitos that bring dengue fever. The dengue Mosquitos hide in dark places (under a table, in the bathroom) and are more likely to bite during the day. The planes come every few days in a hard battle to win. These planes bring their own problems. The chemicals they drop are so strong people say they are harming the crops.

A neighbour passes and says there is dengue in the next town. This is how it starts.

A month later and there is dengue a few streets across. Then…

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