The fight, that the authorities of the Ministry of Health have against dengue has been complicated by the large number of old tires thrown in backyards and empty lots, resulting in the formation of mosquito breeding sites.
For example, last week, the Ministry of Health collected 3,000 tires out of use in the province of Guanacaste, many of which were already breeding of Aedes aegypti, which transmits dengue.
Only in Guanacaste had more than 8,000 tires collected so far this year, said Health Minister Daisy Corrales, who described them as “five stars hotels” for mosquito breeding.
The chief emphasized that it is the responsibility of individuals and legal owners of vehicles carrying old tires to collection centers, because that way, required by the waste regulation issued by the Ministry.
“We have the habit of keeping for replacement tire, and that is wrong, the regulation says that we must deliver the tires in the same place where we buy them,” said Corrales.
However, the amount of discarded tires is not exclusive to Guanacastecans, since, just a month ago 4,000 of them were collected in the Caribbean and a similar number in Puntarenas.
Also, we will collect in the coming weeks in the regions Brunca Huetar North and in the middle.
The minister explained that although the tires are the most frequently are formed of the mosquito breeding sites, collecting all kinds of garbage in vacant lots and yards is very fundamental.
According to authorities, a bottle, can, and even a sheet of glass bottle, are ideal places to hold water and in that way the mosquitoes that transmit the virus, put their eggs there.
Ministery of health is working hard, because the most intense phase of the rainy season is begining.
Symptoms of dengue include fever and headaches and joint pain, and some skin rashes.
Data provided by the Ministry of Health indicate that 2,237 people have suffered from dengue this year.
Of that total, 1,726 cases were treated in the Atlantic region. Next in magnitude the central Pacific region with 331 cases and Chorotega, with 284, said the Department of Health Surveillance.