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The surveillance and control campaign of the tiger mosquito helps to prevent the appearance of new outbreaks of this type of insects (05/07/2019)

The Councilor for Health of the City of Lorca, José Ángel Ponce, reported this morning that with the arrival of high temperatures is being carried out throughout the municipality monitoring and control of the tiger mosquito, which is allowing, in collaboration with other entities and administrations, reduce the appearance of this species.

Ponce has detailed that "this year they have placed 16 double oviposition traps in different locations of the municipality: urban center, districts of the Hoya, Almendricos, Campillo, Ramonete etc. The traps consist of a black container with water inside in which a semi-submerged tablet is introduced, to which rabbit feed is added to attract the female mosquito to lay eggs, the traps must be placed in the shade, preferably under vegetation no longer than 1.5 m of height The slats of the traps are collected every 15 days for their study, being replaced by new ones ".

The mayor of Health recalled that the samples collected are transferred to the laboratory of the Faculty of Biology at the University of Murcia.

The results of the different samplings, as well as the participating municipalities, can be consulted on the website prepared for this purpose by the people in charge of the regional tiger mosquito surveillance plan: https://www.um.es/grzba/Vigilancia_Mosquito_Tigre/

Ponce has stressed that surveillance is key in the prevention and control of vector diseases, for which the collaboration and coordination of multiple sectors is required, for this reason the Ministry of Health has designed a Regional System for Surveillance of the Tiger Mosquito (SRVMT), supplying material, analysis and advisory service to the Town Councils of the Region, through the Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology of the University of Murcia.

With the results obtained, it will be possible to estimate the most probable extension and distribution of the mosquito based on the samples taken, estimate their population density and make predictions of possible changes in these parameters, using modeling tools.

From the Department of Health of works to increase public awareness, for this purpose have been distributed leaflets and posters of public awareness, offers informative talks to neighborhood communities or other associations and calls for citizen collaboration to detect possible sources and eliminate breeding sites .

In addition, with the objective of reducing populations of tiger mosquitoes, EDIT measures should be applied (Eliminate Desecar - Prevent Treating) in this order of preference, therefore, the advice so that we can all keep their presence very low are the following:

Use repellents, especially on the legs.

The tiger mosquito tends to bite on areas of the body closest to the ground, although it stings the children's entire body

Maintain good body hygiene.

Sweat and strong smells attract them.

It also prevents sweet-smelling perfumes

Put mosquito nets on windows and electrical appliances against insects

Avoid containers that can accumulate water, such as buckets or drums, tires

Eliminate the water accumulated in objects or empty it weekly: vases, ashtrays, plates of pots, plastic pools, animal troughs ...

Closes with cover or mosquito net, water deposits

Keep chlorine levels in your pool

Put ornamental fish in your pond or garden fountain, as they eat the larvae

Regularly clean roof and terrace gutters

Regulates drip irrigation so there is no waterlogging

This species of insect, the aedes albopictus, commonly known as 'tiger mosquito' is a competent vector for the transmission of chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses.

In Spain it was detected for the first time in Catalonia in 2004 and since then it has progressively colonized the Mediterranean coast, reaching the Region of Murcia in 2011 and the municipality of Lorca in 2015.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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