Newscasts are buzzing with Zika stories—like a baby born recently in New Jersey who was affected by the virus and diagnosed with microcephaly, a deformity of the head and brain. Preventing more cases of Zika means taking out the mosquitoes that carry the dangerous virus.
It’s time to put an end to Zika’s spread. Here are a few ways Operation Blessing is doing that:
• Partnering with the New Orleans Mosquito Control to host Dr. Francis Contreras, Honduran Vice Minister of Public Health. After two intense days with the team, Dr. Contreras now has the tools he needs to establish the first-ever National mosquito control department in Honduras, where we’ve already launched a community-based test project to reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites.
• Attending the International Zika Summit sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Paris, France. Scientists and public health professionals from around the world gathered to address the problem, share research and work together to stop Zika’s spread.
• Traveling to Vietnam to meet with the leading minds behind biological mosquito control. A team from the Vietnamese National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) shared the techniques and processes that made them the world leaders in biological mosquito control.
It’s all part of our strategy to stop the spread of Zika by taking out the deadly insects that carry it.