The discovery of several specimens of tiger mosquito in the Return of the Birds of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has led to Public Health to place new traps to try to control the situation as soon as possible. Yesterday, 24 traps were located in communal gardens and homes, which, together with neighborhood collaboration, is managing to reduce the outbreaks detected, as confirmed to NOTICE DIARY the professor of Pathology and professor emeritus of the University of La Laguna (ULL), Basilio Valladares.
For its part, the neighborhood association of the affected area indicated that “there is no neighbor” who is not collaborating with Environmental Health, since the 120 houses that make up this capital enclave “are committed to this problem and have opened their doors to residents.” technicians to help control the insect.”
In this sense, Vicky, president of the neighborhood association, specified that “Health has come today (yesterday for the reader) to set more traps and there has been no problem with the neighbors. “We are calm in the area, as no new bites have been recorded and everything is in order.”
Meanwhile, the professor and former director of the ULL Institute of Tropical Diseases, Basilio Valladares, recalled that “it is vital that the inspectors of the General Directorate of Public Health and the staff of the University Institute of Tropical Diseases can continue fumigating the nests found in the Aedes albopictus and, to do so, access to homes and gardens is needed. At first there was opposition from a few neighbors, but they have finally agreed to the urgent call for collaboration.”
The scientist clarified that “the actions that are being carried out consist of the placement of traps, which are collected every seven days to prepare a report and maps of the detected outbreaks, which have already been decreasing in recent days thanks to the effort what are you doing”.
Valladares insisted that, despite this reduction in outbreaks, we must not let our guard down, because there are still “uncontrolled” areas where fumigation cannot be done. A situation that, he warned, “is worrying, because due to the wind or even if a specimen sneaks into a car, it can cause the expansion of the insect, which would end up settling in the Canary Islands, as has already happened in other parts of the country such as Catalonia. ”.
“Failure to eliminate strongholds of Aedes albopictus (transmitter of diseases such as Zika or dengue) could generate 10,000 specimens flying throughout the islands in just one week, because it is a prolific species, and in each nest you can find between 100 and 200 eggs, apart from the fact that it can survive more than a year without the larvae hatching. That is why it is so important that they be eliminated quickly,” said Valladares.
In another order, the Ministry of Health has launched a campaign to promote the use of the Mosquito Alert application, which seeks to monitor the bites of this insect and its prevention.