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Warning – Tiger Mosquitos in the Alicante Region

Warning – Tiger Mosquitos in the Alicante Region

Warning – Tiger Mosquitos in the Alicante Region

Update 25th June – “The laboratory in Iceland that declared that three of their citizens had contracted the tropical disease Chikungunya from Tiger mosquitoes……..Now admit (after all the bad publicity for Spain) that they made a mistake in the diagnosis.” Read updates HERE Quote by Dave Roland at Fresh Radio Spain

The Health Service has requested maximum alert after detection of Chikunguya virus, which, by chance, has been detected in Spain for the first time in a family of Icelandic tourists who were on holiday in the San Juan area of Alicante from  May 17th to 31st, three were the victim of the tiger mosquito, the virus was found upon their return to Iceland.

Please note this article was originally written in Spanish the original article can be read at diarioinformacion.com Some information may be lost in the translation of this article.

For general information on keeping mosquitoes away and treatments, read HERE

The 37-year-old woman started symptoms on June 1, 2019 and was diagnosed on June 8. One of her sisters, and her 5-year-old son, had similar symptoms, and they have already been confirmed as positive cases of this disease and it is still pending to confirm the result of the analytical tests performed on the fourth member of the family who lives in Norway.

Chikungunya virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito and is transmitted in a manner similar to that produced by dengue fever and causes a disease with an acute febrile phase It lasts two to five days, followed by a period of pain in the joints of the extremities. Pain that can persist for weeks, months or even years in around 12% of cases.

The best form of prevention is the general control of the mosquito, and by avoiding bites. To date there is no specific treatment, but there are medications that can be used to reduce symptoms. Rest and fluid intake can also be useful, young children and people over 65 years  are at the highest risk and will be the most sensitive to the virus. The mortality rate is very low(4 / 10,000) and very occasionally there may be some complications-ocular, hepatic, respiratory, neurological or renal problems- “.

The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a small black and white mosquito, about 1/4-inch long. The name “tiger mosquito” comes from its white and black color pattern. It has a white stripe running down the center of its head and back with white bands on the legs, they are originally from Southeast Asian, unfortunately this mosquito can now be found in Spain, they are more prolific during the summer months, May – September

The bite of the Asian tiger mosquito is not particularly irritating to most people, but they are persistent biters.  The main difference between these and a normal mosquito is Asian tiger mosquito are active during the day.

If you do have an allergic reaction to any insect bite go to any of the local Farmacias who will advise on what the best treatment will be for you, be it cream or antihistamine tablets

Only a decade ago it was still a rarity, but the expansion of the mosquito began to grow in the mid-90s it is already present in 335 municipalities, 62% of the entire territory of the Valencian Community.

The same sources have indicated that to date there is no record of any other case of chikungunya in the Valencian Community, although the Ministry has activated all protocols and have taken appropriate measures in case other cases are confirmed.

From the General Directorate of Public Health, the environmental health protocol has been activated and the entomological surveillance team of the University of Valencia is in Alicante to carry out the necessary inspection and sampling.

In addition, the Center for Public Health has contacted the Alicante City Council to act in a coordinated manner, based on the results of the entomological surveillance and the analytical requests of the last month are being reviewed.



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