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Helping to save lives!

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

Every year more than half a million people, mainly children, die from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. Malaria, yellow fever, dengue and zika are just some of the diseases that use mosquitoes as vectors, that is, the viruses and parasites that cause the diseases are passed from person to person through the bites of these insects.

The transmission of these diseases is seasonal, as mosquitoes are not common throughout the year. There is, therefore, a peak of transmission that occurs precisely now, between October and November, at the time of proliferation of mosquitoes. This transmission peak coincides with the presence of terns and swifts in Africa, birds that are very important in controlling the populations of many invertebrates, including those that transmit diseases. Therefore, its presence should be a determining factor for this scenario not to be even more catastrophic.

Protecting the swallows, martins and swifts that nest in Portugal is much more than taking care of our little corner! Where are the swallows and swifts that were born this year in your town or city?

They are in Africa, helping to save lives!


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