Summer is foressen as a complicated period of time in Spain from the climatological and epidemiological point of view. Experts in pest control and specialists in tropical medicine have given the alert to the increased risk of transmission of zika in Spain in the summer months because of the increased flow of travelers on vacation and celebration in August, the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the epicenter of the infection. Despite fears of experts, WHO has again rejected the petition of more than a hundred scientists to cancel the event.
The Zika virus, which usually causes symptoms similar to a mild flu but can cause severe deformities in fetuses of pregnant women, plans on the Iberian Peninsula, by the arrival of infected areas of travelers where the disease has spread massively and also by the presence of the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), main vector transmitting the infection. This invasive species, which is able to spread other tropical infections such as dengue or chikungunya, was first detected in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) in 2004 and has since been extended across Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia , Balearic Islands, Andalusia and Aragon. The great danger is that if Spanish-resident tiger mosquitoes bite people at a given time (the virus is active for three to five days) they can inoculate the infection to healthy people and start to spread the virus.
To prevent this, the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network and various regional pest control services are already preparing a response in anticipation of a surge of cases in the coming months.
RADAN DESINTEC IS A PEST CONTROL SPECIALIST ON TIGER MOSQUITOES.