The Ministry of Health (MINSA) has revealed that the district of David in the province of Chiriquí is currently showing high levels of , to which the entity is calling on the community to contribute to the elimination of breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito – a known dengue vector.
According to statistics, an estimated 13.5 percent of the lots inspected in the community of Nuevo Amanecer housed Aedes aegypti breeding sites.
Inspections were also carried out in the neighborhood of Las Margaritas, where 10 percent of the homes were found with breeding sites; in the central area of David (7.6 percent); in Loma Colorada (2.1 percent); and in San Mateo (1.7 percent).
Meanwhile, in the districts of Pedregal, Chiriquí, and Las Lomas, infestation levels were 3.2 percent, 1.6 percent, and 1.3 percent, respectively, revealed MINSA.
In response to this situation, the regional coordinator of vectors, Patricio Camarena, asked the general public to get rid of any reservoir that could accumulate water, thereby converting it into a mosquito breeding site.
“After years of promoting the dengue prevention message, the proliferation of old tires and other debris along the streets and in the streams of David reveals that a section of the community is unaware and irresponsible with regards to the threat of a dengue epidemic,” said Camarena.