Banasa fumigation day done to prevent the outbreak of Hemorrhagic Dengue.
Guatemala, July 2013. In the wake of a threat posed by a possible outbreak of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Banasa along with the Ministry of Health carried out a study that found out mosquitos that causes this disease in two communities of Caballo Blanco, Retalhuleu.
To stop the outbreak, Banasa fumigated 170 homes in the communities of El Rodeo and La Jocotada.
Abigail Marroquín, President of the Council of Rural Development -COCODE-, stated: “We are very thankful to Banasa for the support they have given us in fumigating our homes, preventing the outbreak of the disease in our communities”.
Hemorrhagic Dengue is an infectious tropical disease that occurs usually when a person is bitten by a mosquito that is infected with the virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and a skin rash that is similar to measles. As the disease develops it leads to bleeding, low level of blood platelets, or into dengue shock syndrome becoming a life threatening disease.
As follows some preventive measures to eliminate and mitigate the spread of mosquitos that causes dengue:
- Eliminate larval habitats by reducing open collections of water.
- Keeping the garden clean and tidy, and maintain grass cut.
- Eliminate pools and containers of waters where mosquitos breed.
- If water is stored in barrels, pots or containers, ensure they are covered.
- Remove and throw out: empty cans, and small objects such as soft drink caps, egg shells, broken toys, plastic containers, that might collect rain water.
- Do not leave tires sitting outdoors.
- Change water daily for animals and clean containers with a sponge , soap and water.
- Frequently change water piles and if they are not in use be sure they are empty and dry.
- Drain and use larvicides in ponds and fountains.
- Plants that their leaves may cause water deposits, must be placed inside and watered on the ground.