Sustainable drainage to reduce Zika mosquito breeding, Brazil
The zika virus, carried by a mosquito, has resulted in increased reported incidences of microcephaly (abnormally small heads) in newborn babies in Brazil. In the short term, spraying with insecticide can reduce mosquito populations, but this is not a long term solution. It is proposed that there is a relationship between microcephaly, and inadequate provision of potable supplies, drainage and sanitation.
This project will collect data focused on a case study area in the NE of the country (Ceará) where there have been many cases of microcephaly.