The Municipal Health Department (Semsad) of São Leopoldo conducts home visits to check for possible dengue fever outbreaks and eliminate breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue virus, chikungunya, Zika and urban yellow fever. During visits, an insecticide is applied to block possible transmissions.
One of these actions was carried out this week in the neighborhood of Santo André, where there was a positive case of dengue fever. Requests are made within 150 meters of the home of a suspected case. Dengue fever, for example, is a type of pandemic disease that can be prevented and care is essential. “People should always keep their patios clean; avoid the accumulation of standing water; use protective screens on doors and windows and the use of repellent, especially in children who are more sensitive”, underlines the surveillance coordinator, André Ellwanger, stressing the importance of the population to guard against the mosquito.