Jaime Nina, virologist from the national institute of higiene and tropical medicine (Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical) suggests in an article in the regional news paper Diário de Noticias on 29 January 2016 that it would be a good time to try and eradicate Aedes from Madeira. The expected and normal increase in vector mosquito activity in September could be an issue.
Ana Nunes from IASAUDE confirms that:
- Madeira maintains a network of 193 traps to monitor the population of Aedes mosquito
- none of the Zika cases reported in Portugal were in Madeira
- that the best practices as recommended both by national DGS and international CDC are in place, including educating the population and implementing preventative measures.