They found in Chile mosquito that transmits the virus Zika
BY 24HORAS.CL TVN
Health Minister, Carmen Castillo, said it is unclear how he got the vector to continental Chile and reiterated the call to take preventive measures.
A mosquito that transmits the Zika virus was found in Chile, specifically in the city of Arica, in the region of Arica and Parinacota.
The finding was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Carmen Castillo, who explained that it is not clarified how the mosquito arrived in the country and the number that exist in the area so far.
"It could have been transported in a vehicle handling cold from abroad that could have brought the vector into one of them," said Secretary of State.
The health authority said that this "is not serendipity but a finding with active search where we move ahead" .
Regarding the possibility that the vector reaches Santiago, Health Minister clarified that environmental conditions are more optimal for the mosquito in the north of the country.
Among preventive measures, Castillo called for calm " because right now no one is sick , what is it is the vector that transmits the disease and what we will attack."
He also indicated that care networks febrile care will increase and called to take the necessary practical measures informed by the Ministry of Health as cover elements containing water, sewage dump.
The mosquito is female, so that the possibility has laid eggs in other parts of the country will be analyzed. Even the minister said that can lay up to 200 eggs and insects live up to a month.
Finally, the minister clarified that the ISP gave authorization to pharmacies to market the repellent and the Undersecretary of Assistance Networks, Jaime Burrows, will travel to the area .
The virus Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes of the genus Aedes , and especially Aedes aegypti in tropical regions.
It is the same that transmits dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, reports the World Health Organization (WHO).