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10         The Portugal News ·21 Nov 2020                         News

      Calls for help in fight against

      Algarve mosquitoes

      Health authorities in the Algarve are asking for the collaboration of the population to reduce the breeding sites for invasive
      mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue, yellow fever or zika, detected in Loulé and Faro.

                                                                       peaking to Lusa, the   for areas where “rain or irrigation   In 2018 it was detected in the
                                                                       Algarve Health delegate,   water” accumulates, which is why   Algarve, in the municipality
                                                                       Ana Cristina Guerreiro,   they are encouraging citizens to   of Loulé, and, this year, in the
                                                                S revealed that there is no   reinforce their attention to these   municipality of Faro. However, at
                                                                 record of mosquitoes infected with   places, asking people to help “to   this moment “there is the mosquito,
                                                                 any of these diseases in the Algarve   reduce them.”      but none have yet been detected
                                                                 because although the mosquito   The health authority has already   carrying diseases.”
                                                                 is present in the region, it would   carried out training actions   “We currently have traps in various
                                                                 first have to bite infected people to   aimed at city officials, gardeners,   parts of the municipality of Faro,
                                                                 transmit the disease to other people.  condominiums and residents   on the perimeter of the parish of
                                                                 According to Ana Cristina    since they can “contribute to   Montenegro and Ria Formosa
                                                                 Guerreiro, ‘Aedes albopictus’ - the   the reduction of mosquito   permanently,” highlighted Ana
                                                                 scientific name for this species of   multiplication”, she reinforced.  Cristina Guerreiro.
                                                                 mosquito - likes “small amounts of   The invasive mosquito species   Health authorities have been
                                                                 clean water” to breed, such as that   ‘Aedes albopictus’ was first detected   “expanding the investigation
                                                                 found in “pot dishes, car tyres or in   in September 2017 in a tyres   perimeter”, placing traps in the
                                                                 natural containers”.         factory in the north of the country,   municipality of Loulé, but also on
                                                                 The regional health delegate   triggering a surveillance response   the perimeter of the airport “as part
                                                                 stressed that the mosquito “does not   by public health authorities at local,   of obligations relating to border
                                                                 like salt marshes”, and instead looks   regional and national levels.  monitoring”.
       The Indian Sizzler giving back to the community

       The Indian Sizzler restaurant in Albufeira will be preparing 100 complimentary meals on Saturday, 21 November
       from 11am until 12.30pm.

        This truly heart-warming initiative was   Algarve on weekends starting from 1pm on   dishes, desserts and drinks will be available   The pandemic has affected everyone
      something that this restaurant has been   Saturdays. The Indian Sizzler in Albufeira   for takeaway on Saturday morning. It   and this initiative was created to spread
      thinking of doing for a long time but is now   wanted to say a big thank you for all the   is available to anyone and everyone but   some cheer during these difficult times. If
      finally happening.                   support that they have received and give   on a first come, first serve basis between   this Saturday is successful the restaurant
        The thought behind this initiative is due   something back to their community.   11am and 12:30pm before the lockdown   will prepare a further 150 free meals the
      to there being a partial lockdown across the   100 freshly prepared Indian Vegetarian   at 1pm.               following Saturday, 28 November.
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