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Spain allocates 400,000 euros to eradicate the tiger mosquito that causes the Zika virus

The Ministry of Public Health in Valencia, Spain, announced the allocation of 400,000 euros to help municipalities in combating the tiger mosquito and controlling insects, after discovering its presence in 85% of the municipalities in the Valencia region.

She indicated that although this insect can act as a vector for transmitting chikungunya, dengue or Zika, these viruses are not currently spreading in Spain, according to the Spanish newspaper, “El Mundo”.

An "ad hoc" committee is currently evaluating applications for the call for grants to the municipalities of the Valencian Community to combat the tiger mosquito. These grants will be allocated to communities, associations and unions where the presence of the tiger mosquito has been detected or where there is a greater risk of colonization.

In total, about 350 applications were submitted, because only 15% of Valencia's municipalities are free of these mosquitoes. Health explains that these are mainly inner cities and some isolated places where the presence of the insect is not known.

The extension of this type is attributed, among other factors, to the mobility of people. So the mosquito flies a little, but it goes far because it's common to get into vehicles and take the opportunity to move around.

If a tiger mosquito bites a person with chikungunya, dengue, or Zika on its way, it can pass the virus on to its offspring (eggs and larvae) with the risk of virus-carrying mosquitoes breeding. Viruses that cause these diseases are not currently circulating in Spain.

Conversely, in 2019, there were 27 dengue cases in the community, but all were imported. In 2016, they also reached people who had traveled to areas with active infections and were infected with the Zika virus. All infections were detected early and packaged to prevent further spread.