Environmental Surveillance of Biguaçu guides the population to maintain care in the prevention of Dengue Fever

Environmental Surveillance of Biguaçu guides the population to maintain care in the prevention of Dengue Fever

Prevention against Dengue fever must be permanent: this is the orientation of Environmental Surveillance, an agency of the Municipal Health Department.

Biguaçu is one of the 119 municipalities of Santa Catarina infested by the Aedes aegyptimosquito that transmits Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, according to the latest bulletin published by the Epidemiological Surveillance Directorate of Santa Catarina (Dive/SC).

According to data from the control program of the Aedes aegypticarried out by Environmental Monitoring, in 2021, 996 mosquito foci were identified in the municipality, exceeding the total verified the previous year by 590. This year, 346 foci were found.

The control program Aedes aegypti develops operational activities in the field, with visits by endemic disease control agents to different properties, focusing efforts on surveillance and mosquito control actions. The home visit is an essential activity in identifying the containers used by the Aedes aegypti for the proliferation and consists in educating the population on the precautions to be taken to prevent the development of the mosquito, to eliminate useless containers and to treat those which cannot be eliminated, such as swimming pools and water tanks.

“Due to the high number of outbreaks, the municipality is vulnerable to outbreaks of dengue fever and other virus-borne diseases. Aedes aegypti. This is why we ask the population to be our greatest ally in this battle against the mosquito, devoting 10 minutes of their week to eliminating all the deposits that can accumulate water on the ground and also in the inside the residences”, underlines Rosecleia Meurer Silveira, coordinator of Environmental Surveillance. .

See the precautions necessary to fight against the mosquito:

– Perform frequent cleaning of animal waterers, refrigerator trays, gutters and other containers that accumulate water;

– Throw away old tires;

– Fill pots and planters with sand;

– Remove bromeliads from gardens and replace them with other plants that do not accumulate water;

– Cover the drains with screens;

– Swimming pools must be treated and filtered weekly;

– Water tanks must be cleaned every six months and sealed or screened, including the overflow (thief);

– Garbage must be stored in a covered area.

With information from ASCOM/PMB

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