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dangerous mosquitos

Dangerous Mosquitos

The presence of "dangerous" mosquitoes in the Canary Islands is beginning to worry.

Health detects two adult 'Aedes' mosquitoes at cruise ship docks in the two Canary Islands capitals.

The General Directorate of Public Health, under the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, and researchers from the University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health of the Canary Islands, attached to the University of La Laguna, have detected two specimens of mosquito of the genus Aedes in the cruise terminals of the ports of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Aedes aegypti) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Aedes albopictus or tiger). Since 2013, the Canary Islands have been monitored for the detection of this type of mosquito through the installation of more than 635 traps at strategic points.

The Entomological Surveillance System of the Canary Islands has been activated for the first time in Gran Canaria when an adult specimen of Aedes aegypti mosquito was detected in one of the traps installed in the Cruise Terminal of the Santa Catalina Pier in the Port of Las Palmas, advances DIARIO DE AVISOS.

This mosquito is a vector widely distributed throughout the world, especially in tropical and subtropical regions, and in Macaronesia it is installed in Madeira (Portugal) or Cape Verde, and is associated with the transmission of viral diseases such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever or chikungunya, in geographical areas where these pathologies are endemic. which doesn't happen in the Canary Islands.

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The first time this mosquito was detected in the Canary Islands was in 2017 in a residential area of Puerto del Rosario, in Fuerteventura, and this episode was declared eradicated in 2019.

Subsequently, on March 10, 2022, the Ministry of Health reported the detection of two mosquito larvae, which were confirmed as belonging to this species in a street adjacent to the Port of Santa Cruz de La Palma. After 18 months since the last detection, this vector was eradicated in this area.

In December 2022, a new specimen of Aedes aegypti was detected in a house in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, after which a plant that was in the flat was tracked and fumigated as a possible breeding site. Days later, another specimen of this species was 'hunted' in one of the traps installed in the cruise terminal of the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where no breeding points were found, and the trapping and surveillance did not detect any specimens in the area since then.


On the other hand, the Ministry of Health reports that it has located a new adult specimen of Aedes albopictus, popularly known as the tiger mosquito, in the Cruise Terminal of the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Remember that the first detection of specimens of this mosquito was at the beginning of September 2023 in Tacoronte. Meanwhile, on September 25, the warning was received from a house in Santa Cruz after the strong inflammatory reaction caused by his bite.

In mid-October, in the Vuelta de Los Pájaros, in Santa Cruz, several specimens of Aedes albopictus were detected. The placement of traps in communal gardens and houses on several streets, and the collaboration of neighbors, managed to reduce the outbreaks detected. In collaboration with the City Council, scuppers, hydrants, parks, gardens and nearby ravines were reviewed and treated.

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