The host of the 2016 Olympic Games, “Rio de Janeiro”, in Brazil also effected with mosquito-borne virus responsible for brain damage in 2,400 babies
- Over 11,000 (about three-quarters) of Yap Island’s residents were infected in 2007.
- An estimated 28,000 people were ill in Tahiti and other parts of French Polynesia in 2013
- According to reports from the World Health Organization, the virus has been traced to the West African nation of Cape Verde and it has led to additional illnesses in Panama and Honduras.
- The virus have been found in a few travelers who returned to the the United States from overseas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no cases of people infected by mosquitoes in the States.
- Contrary to 147 cases of microcephaly recorded in 2014 in Brazil, there are presently well over 2,400-suspected cases of microcephaly and 29 deaths of infants that is currently being investigated in Brazil.
- Public education and campaigns to sensitize residents to use insect repelant and limit time spent outdoors
- Mosquito eradication teams have embarked on house-to-house visit to treat places where aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus might breed.
- In addition, the health ministry said it was sending truckloads of larvicide to treat 3,560 Olympic-sized swimming pools — to northeastern and southeastern states. These regions have recorded some of the highest spread.
- The ministry also plans to add 266,000 new community health agents to make the house calls.
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