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Tanks where the fish were introduced became infected up to 320 times less than those without treatment

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An unusual experience has brought good results in combating dengue in Ceará. The initiative promotes the distribution of betta fish like the inhabitants of various cities in the state. Animals can help combat dengue fever, because they feed on mosquito larvae and are more resistant to polluted environments or the presence of chlorine.

Tanks where the fish were introduced to became 320 times less infested than those without treatment. The decrease in contamination in the water tanks was 46 times and the pots in 16 times. The researcher responsible for designing, Luciano Garcia, says that at first the idea is strange, but today is a routine part of the population.

"And the most important. The use of this intervention came to control the population because people start to worry about the little fish that is there. So the idea of ​​children especially, it came to serving the community."

The project was presented at the National Exhibition of Successful Experiences in Epidemiology, Disease Control and Prevention (Expoepi) in Brasilia.

   Palavras-chave:   Betta fish    Dengue    Ceara    Preventive measure    Larvae    Mosquito outbreaks    Children   
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