San Juan – The Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit and the Administration of the island municipality of Culebra announced this Wednesday a project to control the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and prevent diseases that they transmit.
“Naturally the coronavirus has been the main concern for many people, but we cannot lower our guard with diseases transmitted by mosquitoes because they continue to be a threat,” said Marianyoly Ortiz, associate director of the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit at a press release.
Given this, Ortiz emphasized citizens to educate themselves “and take concrete actions” to control mosquito populations and mitigate the spread of diseases such as dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. “
As part of the project, members of the Puerto Rico Vector Control Unit team will visit the communities in Culebra every 45 days to work on the reduction of hatcheries and the use of larvicides in hatcheries that cannot be eliminated.
In addition, questionnaires on knowledge and practices about the Aedes aegypti mosquito will be carried out in each of the impacted residences.
And, to ensure the efforts and their effects on the mosquito population, AGO surveillance traps will be installed in various structures of the municipality.
AGO traps do not use insecticides and do not harm people or pets and are designed to attract and capture the female Aedes aegypti mosquito that is ready to lay her eggs.
For his part, the mayor of Culebra, Edilberto Romero, added that “the need to control mosquitoes in the island-municipality is a priority for me, because in a certain way the health of my residents is my main focus as mayor.”
“Studying, controlling and eliminating them will help us to have a people free of diseases transmitted by bites, since education is the basis for the prosperity of a people,” he said.
The Vector Control Unit is a program of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust created in 2016 by a collaboration agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The group was created with the purpose of strengthening the island’s capacity to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector of dengue, Zika, and chikungunya in Puerto Rico.