“We have to do our part and encourage our neighbors to do theirs too. Because everyone united, joining forces, things get better.” That’s what Carlos Teixeira da Costa, 74, resident of Jardim Topázio, in the central region of São José dos Campos, said, shortly after receiving a visit this Thursday (12th) from the ACE’s (Agents to Combat Endemic Diseases) at his home .
The Municipality of São José dos Campos has intensified actions to combat Aedes Aegypti, the transmitter of Dengue, as the municipality is on alert for the disease. Last week, the second ADL (Larval Density Assessment) of 2022 was completed, with a record of 1.40 on the IB (Breteau Index).
That is, according to the larval index, for every 100 properties, 14 containers were found with larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The number is 0.90 higher than that recorded in the same period in 2021, when the index was 0.50 – the recommended index is below 1.
Regardless of the result of the second ADL this year, based on the first ADL of 2022, held in January, the City Hall had already intensified prevention and control actions in the regions that had the largest increase in IB.
The ADL’s, which are carried out four times a year, one every quarter, are important to guide actions to combat Aedes Aegypti, including visits by ACEs to properties. This is what has happened, for example, in the region where Mr. Carlos Teixeira da Costa lives.
“More important than the action of the agents is our action, of the residents, because it’s no use for them to stop by, we leave everything nice and, after they turn their backs, we relax. We always have to take care, talk to the neighbors to take care of it too”, said Carlos, who was next to his wife, Maria da Graça Costa, 71 years old.
“We are always taking care of it, looking to see if there is anything accumulated. We didn’t. We don’t give them chances”, Carlos added.
Some residents have refused the agents to enter the properties, which makes the fight against the disease even more difficult.
The population can rest assured and consult the registration of professionals on the City Hall website. The Endemic Combat Agents are the front line of the various actions carried out by the City Hall to combat Aedes aegypti, which in addition to Dengue, transmits diseases such as chikungunya and zika.
The City Hall, through the CCZ (Center for Zoonosis Control), maintains several actions to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits arboviruses, in all regions of the city.
With the ACE’s, the Municipality carries out visits to the properties with a work of education and guidance to the population about the risks of diseases and how to avoid containers that can accumulate water. Faced with the notification of positive cases of dengue, actions to control breeding sites and nebulization.
The population also has Operation Casa Limpa, where the neighborhoods with the highest larval rates are visited with the aim of eliminating objects that could serve as breeding grounds for the mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya and zika.
The population can also help fight dengue by denouncing possible mosquito breeding sites by calling 156.