Brazil has deployed over 2 million armed force personnel recently to fight Zika. These have been accompanied by mosquito control teams and community health agents to help educate the people on how they can eliminate mosquito breeding zones in their neighborhood. The teams have an ambitious target of visiting 30 lakh homes in 350 cities to hand people explanatory pamphlets.
Wearing a t-shirt with the “Zero Zika” Slogan, the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited the Brazilian working class neighborhood of Zeppelin. Mayor Eduardo Paes and the Rio State Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao also accompanied her. They spoke to residents about the importance of eliminating the breeding areas of the mosquito that also transmits Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikunguniya. Setting an example, she also sprayed insecticide in certain drains that were possible mosquito breeding areas.