Paraguay: Destruction of Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding sites in Asunción and Central
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Officials from the National Service for the Eradication of Malaria (SENEPA) and the National Secretariat for Emergencies (SEN) have conducted an environmental clean-up, with the main objective of involving the community of Asuncion in the daily destruction of malaria. Aedes aegypti Mosquito breeding sites, carriers of viral diseases.
The work covered approximately 38 blocks, where all kinds of containers with still water were found, including objects of no use (discarded tyres, bottles, old possessions) and everyday use (animal drinking troughs, vases, bowls).
Similar actions are repeated daily in different parts of the country’s capital, and the central province, based on a schedule. It is important to stress that the mitigation work is carried out according to the cases reported by the health services.
Through these activities, timely intervention is required in homes and in the community so that everyone in the community is committed to maintaining their environment free of vectors, and to properly eliminate containers that may lead to the spread of mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya.
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Since the beginning of the year, Paraguay has reported more than 82,000 cases of chikungunya (more than 92,000 since October 2022), including 36,000 confirmed cases.
There are 43 confirmed deaths, representing all chikungunya deaths in South America to date, with a predominance of males over 60 years of age. Of the deceased, there are 8 children under one year of age (4 newborns and 4 infants), 7 of whom are from the central district and 1 from San Pedro. They were all hospitalized and taken to the intensive care unit.
To date, 686 cases of dengue have been reported in Paraguay.