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Uruguay launches app to get people involved in the fight against dengue-spreading mosquitoes – MercoPress

Uruguay launches app to get people involved in the fight against dengue-spreading mosquitoes

Friday, May 3, 2024 – 8:48 PM UTC


“Uruguay has a culture of using networks and managing information through smartphones,” which could be useful in this case, Rando points out
“Uruguay has a culture of using networks and managing information through smartphones,” which could be useful in this case, Rando points out

The Uruguayan Ministry of Health launched the “Mosquito Alert” application on Friday and urged the population to use it so that authorities can better combat the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for the spread of dengue, Zika and chikungunya , it was reported in Montevideo.

The device will help track mosquito breeding sites so that further action can be taken, it was explained. Users are obliged to report from their mobile phone, by means of a photo, the presence of mosquitoes or breeding sites in public spaces, so that sanitary teams can take appropriate action. The initiative represents a “milestone” in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases, Health Minister Karina Rando said. “With this application, we are giving citizens the opportunity to help us keep control and get clearer information about where the vector of the diseases is,” she added. “The most important thing is that citizens become part of the control of this vector, the Aedes Aegyti mosquito.”

“Uruguay has a culture of using networks and managing information through smartphones,” which could be useful in this case, Rando points out. “If each of the children and young people downloads the app and starts reporting the mosquitoes they find and the breeding sites they find in the country, a map will be created to know where there are more mosquitoes and breeding sites,” noted them too. “It is an application that has captivated children in other countries and we hope this will also be the case in Uruguay.”

The software was developed in Spain and funded by the European Union and the Spanish government. It was brought to Uruguay by Spanish Ambassador Santiago Jiménez Martín and then “with a simple phone call we had all the support to adapt the application to Uruguay,” Rando emphasized.

The Spanish ambassador pointed out that the arrival of the program in Uruguay had the economic support of the embassy, ​​which allocated the funds “intended for scientific diplomacy.”

The application is available for Android mobile phones via Google Play or for IoS via the App Store.

According to the latest health report released on Thursday, there were 848 active cases of dengue fever in Uruguay, between native and imported cases. ‘The most important thing is not that figure, but the number of new cases per day that is decreasing. There were times when we had 50 to 100 new cases a day, and yesterday it was about 15,” Rando noted.

“This trend is expected to continue as long as there are low temperatures,” she continued. However, Rando asked the public not to be caught off guard, saying cases “will increase again” with the return of warmer weather.