What are these diseases?
Dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever are viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus.
How are they transmitted?
These viruses are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected female mosquitoes. The affected symptomatic and asymptomatic persons are the carriers and main multipliers of the viruses, and the mosquitoes become infected when they bite them. Zika is also transmitted from person to person, through sexual intercourse, and from mother to child during pregnancy.
The only method to control or prevent the transmission of these viruses until now is to avoid the bite of vector mosquitoes using personal protection and at home, and to eliminate containers with water that serve as breeding places for them.
In case of symptoms such as high fever and joint pain, it is important to see a doctor and not self-medicate.
What does Fundación Mundo Sano do for mosquito-borne diseases?
To address mosquito-borne diseases, we work on prevention, research and awareness, developing programs and projects aligned with our three pillars: translational research, knowledge dissemination and public-private cooperation.
For more than a decade, we have carried out various actions aimed at raising awareness and preventing diseases transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus.
In prevention, we have implemented the mosquito monitoring and surveillance program in locations of the provinces of Salta, Chaco, Formosa and Misiones, and we have established cooperation partnerships with municipalities in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Salta and Córdoba to train local agents in the installation of ovitrap networks, thus replicating the standardized protocols that we use in our offices.
We have also developed monitoring programs for insecticide resistance in urban populations of Aedes aegypti with the Center for Pest and Insecticide Research (CIPEIN) and studies of vertical transmission of arboviruses with an agreement with the National Institute of Human Viral Diseases “Dr. Julio I. Maiztegui” center belonging to the National Administration of Health Laboratories and Institutes of Argentina (ANLIS).
At the same time, we offer awareness talks about diseases transmitted by mosquitoes aimed at students who attend the first grades of primary schools near the places where we have offices (Pampa del Indio, Puerto Iguazú, Clorinda and Tartagal) and we raise awareness about prevention with employees of companies in the areas.