By TPN / Lusa, in News · 20-11-2020 01:00:00 · 0 comments
The Algarve’s health authorities are calling for the population to work together to reduce the breeding grounds for invasive mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue, yellow fever or Zika, which were discovered in Loulé and Faro.
Speaking to Lusa, Algarve Health Delegate Ana Cristina Guerreiro announced that there are no records of mosquitoes infected with any of these diseases in the Algarve because, although the mosquito is present in the region, it should first infected people bite in order to transmit the disease to other people.
According to Ana Cristina Guerreiro, ‘Aedes albopictus’ – the scientific name for this mosquito species – likes to breed “small amounts of clean water”, as found in “pot dishes, car tires or in natural containers”.
The regional health delegate emphasized that the mosquito “doesn’t like salt marshes” and instead looks for areas where “rain or irrigation water” collects. Therefore, they encourage citizens to turn their attention to these places and ask people for help. to reduce them. “
The health authority has already provided training to city officials, gardeners, condominiums and local residents as they “can help reduce mosquito multiplication,” she said.
The invasive mosquito species ‘Aedes albopictus’ was first discovered in September 2017 in a tire factory in the north of the country and triggered a surveillance response from health authorities at local, regional and national levels.
It was discovered in the Algarve in 2018 in the municipality of Loulé and this year in the municipality of Faro. At this moment, however, “the mosquito exists, but none with diseases have been discovered.”
“We currently have traps in different parts of the Faro municipality on the edge of the parish of Montenegro and the Ria Formosa,” emphasized Ana Cristina Guerreiro.
The health authorities have “expanded the investigation area” and set traps in the municipality of Loulé, but also on the edge of the airport “within the framework of obligations related to border surveillance”.