In their quest to better understand mosquitoes that transmit diseases, such as Aedes Aegypti mosquito, a group of scientists at Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Brazil found that this mosquito is resistant to chlorine.
Scientists are studying wild mosquitoes in order to determine whether the Mayaro virus, the new threat in America and the Caribbean, has mutated, in order to know if it is a more resistant strain and if it is transmitting by Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Elenita Ramírez, epidemiologist, recommends to better clean water containers, because if you do not rub them, nothing will happen.
Ramirez also explained that an impermeable film is found in adult mosquitoes, which helps them to survive harsh climates, because although these mosquitoes like hot weather, they now resist of 15 °C and 17 °C temperatures.
The doctor stressed the importance of care at all times of the day because mosquitoes bite when they are hungry, not only at night, as many people believe.
A mosquito bite is associated with the transmission of diseases such as zika, dengue, chikungunya and now the mayaro. The first 3 are dangerous diseases which have affected more than 24,000 people so far this year.