Soper Strategies
we eradicate mosquito-borne diseases

Aruba health situation analysis:

In 1998, the first case of dengue was reported in an outbreak that affected the country for five months. In 1999, a total of 202 suspected cases were reported; of these, 180 were laboratory confirmed. In 2000, there were 198 suspected dengue cases, 128 of which were laboratory confirmed. There were two cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever, one of which was fatal. All serotypes, except type 4, have been seen. A large dengue outbreak occurred in 2006. The number of dengue reports increased steadily since then. In 2011 patients are sicker than previous years, stated the Healthcare Directorate in a press conference in November 2010. They maintain their warning for an epidemic (source: PAHO).

Dengue elimination strategy proposed by Soper Strategies:

Following a visit to Aruba in March 2011 (see Project status), we propose a vector elimination campaign based on larviciding (biopesticides Bacillus thuringiensis isrealensis/Spinosad, insect growth regulator pyriproxyfen) and rigorous source reduction. Considering the presence of many breeding sites in peri-domestic waste that holds rainwater, Soper Strategies proposes to link a waste management campaign to the vector elimination campaign. There are three possible re-entry routes for mosquitoes (the cruiseship harbour in Oranjestad, the Beatrix airport, and the harbour in San Nicolas) where we propose to set up an intenstive mosquito monitoring scheme using both oviposition and adult mosquito traps.

Current status of dengue elimination campaign:

After explaining our rigorous campaign methods and the risks for Aruba for ignoring the dengue crisis to all stakeholder on Aruba, the project was approved in Parliament in 2012. The Aruba Dengue Free project is now pending financial support.

Dengue on Aruba