Actions to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever, are taking place this weekend. The Department of Health, with the support of the Department of Urban Services, is organizing this Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a cleaning effort in the neighborhood of Navegantes, where the first case of the disease was confirmed.
The team will roam the streets to collect abandoned objects from dwellings in order to avoid the accumulation of stagnant water and the possible breeding of mosquitoes. Until Friday, the town had already recorded eight cases of dengue fever. Cases have been recorded in the neighborhood of Navegantes, in Barra da Forqueta, Dom Pedro II, Rui Barbosa and São Caetano.
Until yesterday, there were 20 other suspected cases. According to Health Secretary Gustavo Kasper, most cases are concentrated in the Navegantes neighborhood. All contaminations occurred in the city. Last year, the municipality registered only three suspected cases, which were quickly ruled out.
Kasper says the government will act intensively to prevent the spread of the disease. On the carnival weekend, the municipality intensified weeding and pest control work in the neighborhoods. At night, the products were applied in places with greater movement of people and greater incidence. “Now we have a new and worrying situation. Fortunately, none of the cases required hospitalization.
The secretary also reinforces the need for community engagement, as many cases collected today have been found in private spaces. Mosquito control actions take place throughout the year through health workers and epidemiological agents who carry out fortnightly monitoring of the larvae.
Samples are taken from 30 strategic points such as cemeteries, rubber shops, dumps, florists and washing stations. In these places, inspections are carried out and any points of water accumulation are eliminated.
“The main action is to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water, where the mosquito which transmits the disease breeds. The community can help clean the land, collect garbage, remove plates from flowerpots, treat swimming pools, storing tires in a covered place and keeping water tanks tightly closed – everyone has to do their part,” reinforces Kasper.
Dengue fever in Lajeado
With 15 confirmed dengue fever cases, according to data from Environmental Watch, Lajeado will make a joint effort this Sunday. The initiative will aim to locate and identify possible outbreaks of Aedes aegypti, in addition to guiding and sensitizing the community. The meeting point will be the Bom Pastor district, in front of the municipal school under construction. The town also has nearly 100 suspected cases of the disease.