The factory in Minas Gerais mosquitoes modified by Wolbachia bacteriaa bet against diseases caused by Aedes aegypti, should be ready by May this year.
The announcement was made by Governor Romeu Zema (Novo), during an interview with Balanço Geral Minas, this Friday (2). The state recorded an increase in cases at the beginning of 2024.
The biofactory will produce mosquitoes carrying the Wolbachia bacteria. When present in insects, it prevents the development of dengue, zika, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses in them. Thus, the idea is that when released into the environment, infected insects reproduce and increase the mosquito population capable of infecting humans.
“We hope this will be the last dengue outbreak”, declared the governor when commenting that there are already altered mosquitoes released in the state.
Among the state’s measures to combat diseases is the release of R$112 million for city halls to purchase equipment and supplies. The list of resources adopted includes the use of drones that will identify outbreaks of Aedes aegypti proliferation. When it is not possible to locate the property owners, the unmanned vehicle itself will place the insecticide in the area.
Asked about the availability of the dengue vaccine at health centers, Zema said he is waiting for the material to be sent by the Ministry of Health. “Remembering that vaccination is aimed at young people aged 10 to 14. It is a definition from the Ministry of Health. It will be targeted at cities where the outbreak is most serious,” he added.
According to the Federal Government, the forecast is that 22 cities in Minas Gerais will receive the vaccine. The municipalities are part of the Coronel Fabriciano, Timóteo, Belo Horizonte, Nova Lima and Caeté health regions. According to the Government of Minas, the material should arrive by November.
Until the most recent survey by SES (State Department of Health of Minas Gerais), last Monday (29), Minas Gerais registered 64,724 probable cases (notified cases, except those discarded) of dengue. Of this total, 23,389 were confirmed for the disease. On that date, the state government system indicated one death, but the city halls of Belo Horizonte and Contagem confirmed two more deaths in each city, this Thursday (1st).
Regarding Chikungunya fever, there were 8,682 probable notifications, of which 6,206 were confirmed. To date, one death has been confirmed by Chikungunya in Minas Gerais and two are under investigation. Regarding the Zika virus, there were eight probable cases.
Interview with Zema
During the interview with Minas General Balance SheetZema also spoke about security measures for Carnival 2024, expectations regarding the renegotiation of the state’s debt with the Union and future works. Watch in full below: