Health workers sprayed insecticides and repellents on the streets of Buenos Aires on January 29, in precaution against breakout of dengue and Zika, the latter of which has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “spreading explosively” in the Americas.
(Soundbite) Thomas Newkirk, Doctor
“There is concern at this time over the increase of dengue cases. Dengue fever is a viral infection that is very much like a bad flu with the virus transmitted by mosquitoes.”
Meanwhile, posters were put up on public places to remind and advise local residents against the two epidemics both transmitted by mosquitoes.
So far this year, two Argentines were diagnosed as Zika patients, contaminated with the virus while traveling in Colombia, and over 1,100 people contracted dengue as well.