The Ministry of Health and Families, through the general director of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Management, José María de Torres, and the territorial delegate of Health and Families of the province of Seville, Regina Serrano, accompanied by technical staff from both institutions, has held this Tuesday a meeting with the mayors of the towns with confirmed cases of the Nile virus, Modesto González, first mayor of Coria del Río, and Susana Garrido, councilor of Villamanrique de la Condesa, and with the first vice president of the Seville Provincial Council , Isabel Herrera, within the Steering Committee established in points 7 and 10 of the Program for the Comprehensive Surveillance and Control of West Nile Fever Vectors (FNA).
In this meeting, the measures carried out according to the plans to control the mosquitoes that transmit the Nile virus disease have been evaluated, while it has been recalled that it is “essential to intensify these measures, not only in the main urban nucleus, but also other populated areas and peripheral areas up to 1.5 kilometers, “the Junta details in a press release.
“This action is essential in those breeding sites for larvae and adult mosquitoes, to reduce their population and, ultimately, the probability of transmission of this disease.”
Thus, the Ministry of Health and Families has transferred to the municipal representatives a series of extraordinary measures that must be implemented, all of them included in point 3 of the aforementioned Nile virus control program, including providing municipalities with the information that its main surveillance and control tool should contain, “based on the experience and knowledge of administrations and organizations that, with recognized success, carry out actions in Andalusia and other Autonomous Communities”.
In addition, these measures include collaboration with city councils in communication and training for the population or its own technicians; and information on the website of the Ministry of Health for citizens and professionals about prevention, protection and information about the disease.
Likewise, “the surveillance (environmental, entomological, animal and epidemiological) are being coordinated, which are sources of continuous information on the situation of risk of transmission of the disease, as well as the fact of intensifying active and passive surveillance in humans, information to the Town Councils on the level of risk of transmission of the disease in the municipality and the actions to be carried out contemplated in the Program and any change that occurs based on the information obtained from the constant surveillance.
Finally, it will continue to provide technical advice to city councils in the preparation and implementation of Municipal Plans – in cases that are not completed – and will help in carrying out Local Projects under the framework of the Chemical Safety Program in which the Public Health agents carry out Health Promotion activities in low, moderate and high risk municipalities.
At the meeting, the current epidemiological situation has been evaluated and the existence of three cases in recent days has been confirmed: two in Coria and one in Villamanrique that has resulted in the death of a woman, a neighbor of the first town, ” with previous serious pathologies “, while the other two people have been discharged from hospital.
The Ministry of Health insists on the need to reinforce self-protection messages to the population against mosquitoes, especially during the peak hours of those of the Culex genus, both at dawn and from dusk in this period of maximum activity.
On the other hand, from the Epidemiological Surveillance Service it is recalled that there is no transmission from person to person and that said transmission is by bite, thus, the prevention measures for infection in humans are based on avoiding mosquito bites, therefore that it is recommended to use mosquito nets on windows and doors; try not to stay outdoors between dusk and dawn and avoid intense perfumes, among others.