Soldiers from the Brazilian Army’s Presidential Guard Battalion visited homes in Brasília on January 15th as part of the Armed Forces’ campaign to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito nationwide. [Photo: Teresa Sobreira/Ministry of Defense](Q24N) Diaologo-Americas.com – The Armed Forces of Brazil are waging war against Aedes aegypti , a mosquito that carries the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. The Brazilian government will mobilize 220,000 service members to inspect concentrations of insects at private residences and to raise awareness among residents of 356 cities where mosquitoes are endemic.
The Soldiers will work on the streets alongside 300,000 civilian government employees. “The number of Ground Force service members being deployed is already robust, with the maximum number of service members available,” the Brazilian Army Social Communications Center (CECOMSEx)