In Paraguay deforestation causes more cases of dengue

The proliferation in Paraguay of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits dengue, a disease that has caused numerous deaths this year in that country, largely due to deforestation, forcing the insects to migrate to the cities, experts explained.

“The Paraguayan territory is part of the so-called Paranaense Atlantic Forest that integrate also part of Argentina and Brazil. From the 50s began deforestation for mechanized cultivation of wheat, then corn up to the massive planting of soybeans. Then, mosquitoes were without trees and had to migrate to urban areas, “said Carlos Brito, from the Secretary of Environment.

“Today we are concerned that so many people have died from the bite of a mosquito but we are the same humans who destroy the ecosystem, consisting of a natural order of survival,” he added.

The epidemiologist added that Paraguay is the “third largest producer of soybeans in South America and sixth in the world. It means that to produce 9 million tons used 3 million hectares.

In this surface there are no bushes or amphibians because agrochemicals do not let them. Then the chain was broken. There are no bats that eat mosquitoes, beetles and moths.

It broke an important part of the ecosystem. The same happens in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia or Mexico “.

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