Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Personnel from the Ministry of Health have inspected more than 256,000 private yards across the state since the start of the rainy season. The personal inspections are part of the preventive actions to interrupt the reproduction cycle of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
SESA (Secretaría de Salud) says the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the carrier of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. According to the Secretary of Health Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, as of epidemiological week 21, the accumulated number of houses visited for larval control was 256,765.
She reported that during the home visits, SESA staff assigned to the Department of Vector-Borne Diseases promoted clean yards in order to eliminate potential breeding sites of the mosquito that carries these diseases.
Crespo says during the rainy season, it is important to keep domestic use water tanks, sinks and cisterns covered and to wash animal drinking bowls with soap and water at least twice a week. Keeping buckets and other unused containers turned upside down also helps eliminates the collection of wet areas mosquitoes use to lay eggs.
She said 434 employees across the state work to keep yards clean and help control the reproduction of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Earlier this month, 14 cases of mosquito-related illnesses were reported around the state.