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Battle won against Asian tiger mosquito
Date:7/22/2011

a. Tiger mosquitos can be found currently in 119 municipalities and have affected some five million people in all Catalonia.

Although the nuisance caused by these mosquitos justifies the efforts made to eradicate them, the research was based on the effects the insect has as a vector for the transmission of arbovirus infections, such as dengue fever, yellow fever, etc. The Asian tiger mosquito is the first insect in Spain capable of transmitting these tropical diseases and its arrival represented a paradigm shift. The risk in Europe of this type of disease transmission initially was considered to be low, but possible. In the summer of 2007 there was an outbreak of Chikungunya fever in Italy, with 200 people falling ill due to mosquito bites. Sporadic cases of dengue fever have also been reported in France. Thus, the research offers an intervention model with which to control this insect and apply measures to fight against this public health threat.


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Contact: Nuria Gimenez
nuria.gimenez@uab.cat
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
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