Faced with the rebound in health problems caused by the butterfly Hylesia metabus (better known for the hairy pomfret) In the Mariño and Cajigal municipalities of Sucre state, an interdisciplinary working table was installed for the biological control of this nocturnal insect with science and technology made in Venezuela
At a meeting held at the headquarters of the Ministry for Science and Technology (Mincyt) in Caracas, representatives of the entity's Mariño and Cajigal mayors met, as well as authorities from the ministries for Health, Ecosocialism and Science and Technology. Also to experts and researchers from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Simón Bolívar University (USB) and the Universidad de Oriente (UDO) to seek possible solutions to eradicate the plague of the hairy pomfret that affects several municipalities of the Sucre state.
Through a press release from Mincyt, the expert in epidemiology and environmental health, Magda Magris, explained that the meeting served to advance the surveillance of this specimen through research and scientific projects such as the biocontrollers of this exclusive fauna that has generated economic and social damage.
The specialists explained that the female of this butterfly has stinging spicules in its abdomen that give it the popular condition of "hairy", formations that, when splitting and coming into contact with the skin of human beings, release an itchy and inflamed stinging substance. the skin, producing prolonged dermatitis.
In the same way, the director of Environmental Health of the Sucre state, Elia Sánchez, commented that, with this meeting, the eastern region has the magnificent opportunity to join local and national efforts to find a real answer to control the Hylesia metabus, in its different cycles.
"The situation in Sucre has become complicated for us, we need to collect strategies and work together to solve this problem that affects the eastern population," said Sánchez.
For his part, the biologist-entomologist Andrés Villegas indicated that the hairy pomfret represents a serious public health problem for the inhabitants of the Paria peninsula that must be dealt with forcefully.
“In this area there is an ecological imbalance, in its natural habitat which are the mangroves, the biological chains. Therefore, we must activate natural enemies to restore that biological chain. In this way, we will be taking this insect to its minimum expression in order to guarantee the stability, tranquility and peace of the Parian inhabitants ”, the researcher stressed.
The Vice Minister for Research and Application of Knowledge, Francisco Durán, assured that this first meeting captured efforts and previous work to attack and address the traditional issue of the hairy pomfret in the east of the country, especially in the state of Sucre, which is the state with greater affectation.
“Today we allow ourselves to build a space for discussion that, from now on, will be permanent. We are going to address this case in the scientific-technological commission created to address this problem that concerns the eastern part of the country. The commission was also created that will prepare the calculations of the necessary resources that will be raised to the national government to solve, in the immediate and long term, the problem of Hylesia metabus”Said Durán.
Likewise, the vice minister pointed out that, at the meeting, researchers presented several projects that seek to develop a biological control of this insect with autochthonous microbial agents, in order to create bioinsecticides, which would be one of the most effective responses to this health emergency public and environmental.