The tiger mosquito (Aedes Albopictus) has become “one of the biggest threats to health” in Spain after doubling its presence in the last five years and, according to the deputy director of the Spanish Association of Environmental Health Companies (Anecpla), Jorge Galván, is “impossible to eradicate at the point where you are in Spain”
During the inauguration on Thursday of Expocida Iberia 2020, Galván has warned of the situation of vulnerability in which Spain is located, “especially in the Mediterranean coast area, where the temperature has risen up to 20% more than the world average”, So it has become “a true paradise” for this insect, whose capacity for expansion, moreover, “is increasing”, like other invasive species such as the Asian wasp or the Argentine parrot.
For this reason, it is “essential to strengthen control measures, both by public administrations and the general population,” which include avoiding water accumulations inside homes, uncovering drains that are at risk of maintaining standing water. or keep clean grilles and gutters, among others.
In the same vein, the president of Anecpla, Sergio Monge, said for whom “it is vitally important” that the administrations, citizens, associations and other bodies involved “undertake coordinated vector control measures” before the growing Threat of these insects.
In addition to the painfulness of their bites, the problem of mosquitoes is their “brutal ability” to transmit serious diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, Zika or malaria, among others.
In the case of dengue and according to data provided by the World Health Organization, in the 1970s there were only 9 countries but today it is endemic in 128 countries and affects more than 96 million people a year.
Spain already counts eight native cases, which places it as the third European country, only behind France and Italy, in number of cases not contracted abroad, although the figure “could seem ridiculous compared to the numerous imported cases that could begin to be detected in tourists from endemic areas if appropriate measures are not taken. “
Outbreaks of this disease have grown “drastically” throughout the world and are currently considered the fastest spread viral disease spread by mosquitoes on the planet.
According to the calculations of this association, 80% of the world population is exposed to suffer from diseases of this type, which currently cause, every year, the death of 700,000 people worldwide.
The situation in Spain in this regard is “critical” due, among other reasons, to the “impact of global warming” with consequences such as “sea level rise, desertification, increasingly frequent heat waves, loss of more than 80% of Pyrenean glaciers, floods “and others.
Expocida Iberia is the largest congress on environmental health and pest management organized every two years by Anecpla, as a forum for companies, professionals, administrations and Spanish and Portuguese organizations to address the most important challenges and future projects in the sector.