13 houses fumigated in Tenerife near the place where an ‘Aedes aegypti’ mosquito was found

The Entomological Surveillance System of Canary Islandscoordinated by the General Directorate of Public Health, has begun the work of fumigation of thirteen houses close to the residence of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in which last Wednesday detected specimens of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoas reported this Friday by the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government.

health locate "critical points" close to the house in Tenerife where the 'Aedes aegypti' mosquito was found

Health locates “critical points” near the house in Tenerife where the ‘Aedes aegypti’ mosquito was located


The tasks have begun early this Friday and work has been done in homes, storage rooms, patios and other common areas, which has forced the eviction of people from their homes for twelve hours.

These works are carried out after the inspection work carried out yesterday in the homes and other areas to identify the risk points near the home where the specimens were located.

The area was fenced off to carry out the inspection tasks and a plant in the house had been identified as a possible breeding ground, so the traceability of the product that had been recently acquired is being carried out.

The Aedes aegypti It is a black-striped mosquito, smaller than the usual ones in our territory, which appears more in urban environments and has adapted to reproduce in small man-made water points.

It is a vector for the transmission of viral diseases in other geographical areas where these pathologies are endemic, which is not the case in the Canary Islands.

No bites have been reported and the presence of the mosquito does not imply the transmission of diseases such as dengue, Zika, yellow fever or chicungunya, since these are not present in the Canary Islands, except for sporadic imported cases.

Citizens can send photos of suspected presence of the Aedes aegypti to the email account [email protected] or images of strong inflammatory reactions due to stings if they occur, indicating the geographical place where it has been located and a telephone number.

Health highlights that the Surveillance System is effective in detecting even invasive mosquito larvae and eggs early, before they have caused bites in the island’s population. In this sense, all the necessary information is being collected to delimit, verify and, where appropriate, eradicate the presence of this mosquito on the island.

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