Ecuador Intensifies Dengue Prevention Measures

Quito, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government is intensifying its measures today to eradicate and prevent dengue, especially in coastal provinces, after the start of the rainy season, through the use of a highly effective larvicide that is less toxic.
According to reports, the National Malaria Eradication Services (NMES) of the Ministry of Public Health will be using the Cuban larvicide Bactivec to be delivered over two years in the seven provinces at risk.

Bactivec, produced in Cuba’s Labiofam laboratories, is a fast-acting larvicide, mainly used in campaigns for the prevention of dengue in many countries of the world, because it neither alters the ecosystem nor has it caused severe or chronic toxicity in humans or animals.

The Bactivec larvicide is effective for the control of mosquito larvae, mosquitoes and black flies that transmit diseases like dengue, malaria, filariasis and encephalitis. Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae are highly susceptible to this product. After registering the first rains in the Guayas province, the inhabitants of the popular areas of the province and other coastal areas of the country are concerned about the proliferation of the Aedes Aegyptis mosquito that transmits dengue.

The National Malaria Eradication Service (NMES) has taken preventive measures since last November, giving the population of Guayaquil and Manabi the Bactivec larvicide, an effective product that is not toxic.

Dr. Efrain Beltran, director of NMES, said the goal is to reduce the spread of the mosquitoes that transmit dengue and malaria, which not only depends on the spraying but also on the cooperation of citizens. Beltran stressed that the Aedes Aegyptis grows inside houses in water tanks or containers with clean water and only bites during the day, unlike other mosquitoes such as Culex or Anopheles breeding in ponds or ditches with dirty water that bite in the evening.

The larvicide imported from Cuba, contains a bacillus called Thuringiensis israelensis that kills mosquito larvae in about 24 hours and the campaign will target the domestic control of potential breeding sites.

The NMES is using the product to combat mosquito Aedes aegypti and dengue as part of its Winter Biological Control Plan since November 2012.

A total of 80 Cuban advisers are serving in the provinces of El Oro, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Guayas and Manabi.