Environmental surveillance teams, from the Health Department of Balneário Camboriú, are intensifying visits to shops and homes in areas that register positive cases of dengue fever. In these places, the professionals of the Dengue Fever Control Program also apply an insecticide, called “smoke”. The objective is to guide local residents in the face of the proliferation of the dengue mosquito and to eliminate any breeding grounds.
“The heat combined with the summer rains contribute to a greater proliferation of breeding sites. We must therefore count on the help of the population to eliminate possible epidemics of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya”, explains the director of Environmental Surveillance, Eliane Guedes. The professional also recommends the use of aerosol insecticides, which are easy to find in supermarkets, and the use of repellents to protect against the disease.
So far, the city has recorded seven dengue cases, including three autochthonous (acquired in the city), two imported, one undetermined and one under investigation, in addition to one case of non-resident Chikungunya. In total, there are 529 mosquito outbreaks spread across city districts. The Center has 122 and is the neighborhood with the most mosquito outbreaks, followed by the neighborhoods of Nova Esperança with 80; Nations with 42; and Barra, with 36.
Endemic agents are vaccinated against Covid-19, are in uniform and identified by badges with the logos of the Town Hall and the Dengue Control Program. In case of doubt, the population can contact the sector by telephone (47) 3261-6264 to confirm the visit. The team responds to complaints lodged with the Municipal Ombudsman, by telephone (47) 3267-7024, 0800 644 3388 or WhatsApp (47) 99982-1979.
The main symptoms of dengue fever are:
— high fever, 39°C to 40°C, sudden onset;
– body pain;
– articular pain;
— pain in the back of the eyes.
As soon as you notice the symptoms, you should immediately consult the health department.
— avoid using dishes in potted plants. If you use them, add sand to the edge;
— keep garbage cans covered;
— leave the water tanks always sealed, without any openings, in particular the water tanks;
— plants such as bromeliads should be avoided as they accumulate water;
— treat the pool water with chlorine and clean it once a week;
— keep drains closed and unobstructed;
— brushing pet food and water pots at least once a week;
— evacuate the water accumulated on the slabs;
— keep the toilet lid closed;
— avoid the accumulation of debris, as it can become a home for the dengue mosquito;
— report the existence of possible outbreaks of Aedes aegypti to the municipal health service;
— if you have symptoms of dengue fever, chikungunya or the zika virus, look for a health unit for treatment.
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