The Brazilian government has approved a Public Health Emergency Measure allowing health department employees accompanied by police to enter private homes by force, if necessary, to fumigate for Aedes aegypti mosquitos.
The Aedes aegypti transmit dengue, chikungunya, and zika.
O Globo reports that it applies to homes where the owner has been absent and appear to have been abandoned. Health department officials must give notice ten days in advance to the owner of record, and verify its vacancy by visiting the property twice during the 10-day period.
You can read the original article in Portuguese here.
Venezuelan Health Minister Luisana Melo on Friday said there are 4,700 people allegedly infected with the Zika virus in the country, out of which 225 people are suffering from one of the virus complications: the Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Although the minister, in an interview with state-run TV channel VTV, further admitted that Venezuela lacks immunoglobulin, which is the main treatment for the virus, she pointed out that THE antibody would be provided to patients who need it, since “we are facing a crisis.”
As for plasmapheresis, which is another treatment for this disease, Melo stated it is available only in 46 hospitals nationwide.
Seemingly, the local health authority said there is a 25% medicines deficit in drugstores. “We cannot deny this situation,” she stressed.
Melo, who blames consumers who brush their teeth for the toothpaste shortage, says “the country’s pharmaceutical industry would produce 80% of high-consumption drugs late in July this year”.
Good luck with that.