What Do Dengue Fever and Abandoned Cars Have in Common?

An abandoned car being removed by police in Guangzhou. (Weibo.com)
An abandoned car being removed by police in Guangzhou. (Weibo.com)

Over 41,000 people have had dengue fever in South China, and apparently getting rid of dumped cars will help stop the virus spreading.

About 580 cars, and 700 motorbikes were removed from part of Guangzhou, where locals had abandoned them, according to the Zhujiang Times.

The wrecks are believed to act as a breeding area for mosquitoes that transmit the deadly virus.

Some of the original owners removed their vehicles after being notified, but the remaining two-thirds had to be taken away by traffic police.

Currently, less than 300 people are reported to be infected, with 217 new cases reported on Oct. 28. So far six people have died.

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