Measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, promoted by the Itajai municipality, have reduced confirmed dengue cases in recent months. In June, only 16 cases of the disease were recorded – this figure represents a decrease of 87.5% compared to April (129 cases) and 84.1% compared to May (101 cases). The use of insecticides and reinforcement in orientation visits for endemic pathogens and clean-up efforts were among the strategies adopted to contain the spread of vector mosquitoes.
With the increase in registered cases in 2021, the Itajai Department of Health, through the Dengue Control Program, has intensified activities in the areas of disease transmission. In all, 145,530 home visits were made by municipal agents this year alone, as well as 76 applications of insecticides to prevent cases.
Itajaí has a structure to prevent and contain disease in the most dangerous situations. “We knew there would be dengue cases in the city, which is why we have put in place strategies to contain the spread of the disease. Now, with the temperatures dropping, work continues to prevent us from having an outbreak next summer,” highlights Lúcio Vieira, Dengue Control Program Coordinator at Itajaí.
Orientation visits for endemic agents are continuing in the districts of São João, Cidad Nova and Barra do Rio. “In addition to activities to prevent the transmission of dengue fever, the cooperation of the population is essential to combat the spread of the disease,” Scallop Kamel.
how to prevent
To prevent the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, it is important that residents take some simple measures, such as:
– avoid using dishes in pots, but if used, add sand to the rim;
– keep the bottles with the neck facing down;
Keep lids in litter boxes.
– Seal the water tanks without any opening;
– chlorination of pool water and cleaning it once a week;
– Keep drains closed and unclogged;
– wash animal food and water utensils with a brush at least once a week;
– removal of water accumulated on the panels;
– flush them at least once a week in toilets with little use;
– keep the toilet lid closed;
Avoid accumulating debris as it can become a focus for dengue mosquitoes.
If you are aware of potential breeding sites for Aedes Aegypti, please contact the Municipal Health Department at (47) 3249-5573.