NO EASY BATTLE
Health authorities in El Salvador confront Zika virus amid rival gang wars
“Containers of water?” Cabrera asked. He peered into a blue plastic barrel, half-full and partially covered. Across poor neighbourhoods of San Salvador, including San Jacinto, the municipal supply of fresh water is sporadic. Faucets sometimes are dry for days or weeks, so residents store fresh water in buckets and barrels, ideal for the Zika-carrying Aedes mosquitoes, which prefer to lay their eggs in clean, stagnant water.
“Larvas!” Cabrera shouted, pointing. “See how many there are?”
“We’ve been trying to kill them,” Palomo de Hernandez said quietly.
“It’s a lack of education,” Cabrera said. “The problem is we’ve become so irresponsible, we think the government has to solve all our problems. But people don’t want to collaborate and be part of the solution. That’s why, as a country, we’re not moving forward.”