Aedes Aegypti Mosquito is Top Priority for Brazil’s Government

Officials say fight against mosquito which transmits dengue, Zika and Chikungunya is priority but repellents promised a year ago have yet to be distributed.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The biggest challenge for Brazil today in the health sector is the combat against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue, Zika and Chikungunya, said Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros on Monday. Barros also voiced his concern for the forecast of an increase in cases of the Chikungunya virus, during the 2016-2017 summer season.

"We have to fight the mosquito,” said Barros during a press conference to discuss his 200 days in office. “That's the big challenge,” he stressed.

Adding the combat will depend on the communities because . . .

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