There have been 3 confirmed cases of Zika in Quezalguaque and there is a widespread educational campaign underway. We attended an educational forum being offered to pregnant women. Approx. 50 women were in attendance and it happened to be in the library that the Sister City Project helped build and continues to support. We thought the presentation and the general education plans struck a delicate balance between taking precautions where possible but not adding to already mounting concerns about the virus. (If you’re interested in learning more about the presentation, please advise).
Dengue and chikungunya are spread by the same aedes aegypti mosquito as Zika. Year-to-date there have been 12 cases of dengue and 6 of chikungunya in Quezalguaque. Larvicide and fumigation campaigns have been launched along with educational programs to try to reduce risk and they have asked for financial support for the initiative. With present resources, they are only conducting intensive outreach in areas with confirmed cases; they would like to proactively outreach to other parts of the community similar to a 2015 campaign that we helped support and that was designed to combat an outbreak of chikungunya.