The Brazilian Ministry of Health is calling on the public to take actions to prevent mosquito bites and the proliferation of the mosquito vector of dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya.

The call to action is under the hashtag #CombateAedes to continue the national mobilization to combat Aedes aegypti.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito prepares to bite a human. Image/USDA
An Aedes aegypti mosquito prepares to bite a human.

In Brazil, the majority of cases and epidemics of diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti  mosquito occur in the rainy season, from October to March, because the environmental conditions are more conducive to egg development.

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Ministry of Health officials recommends the public not to neglect any day of the year and to keep all possible positions in action to prevent outbreaks at any time of the year.

Therefore, the population should be attentive and redouble their efforts to eliminate possible mosquito breeding sites.

The main action that the population has is to inform, raise awareness and avoid standing water in any place where it can accumulate, at any time of the year.

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The main measures to prevent and combat Aedes Aegypti are:

  • Keep barrels, boxes and water barrels well covered;
  • Wash weekly with soap and water tanks used to store water;
  • Keep water tanks tightly closed;
  • Remove branches and leaves from gutters;
  • Do not leave water accumulated on the slab;
  • Fill potted dishes with sand to the edge or wash them once a week;
  • Change water from pots and water plants once a week;
  • Place trash in plastic bags in closed dumps;
  • Close the garbage bags well and do not let them reach animals;
  • Keep glass bottles and cans face down;
  • Condition tires in covered locations;
  • Always maintain swimming pools;
  • Covering drains;
  • Put sand in the broken glass of walls or cement;
  • Do not leave water accumulated in dry leaves and bottle caps;
  • External toilet flasks should be capped and checked weekly;
  • Always clean the air conditioner tray;
  • Covers to cover building materials should always be well stretched to avoid accumulating water;
  • Qatar plastic bags and trash from the yard.

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In Brazil during the first 10 months of the year, 60,913 confirmed chikungunya cases, including 34 deaths.

In addition, some 218,000 dengue cases have been reported in Brazil year-to-date.

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