Sanitat urges avoiding tiger mosquito breeding centers to prevent its spread

Sanitat urges avoiding tiger mosquito breeding centers to prevent its spread

The Ministry of Health calls for staying away from places where tiger mosquitoes breed to avoid their spread, through an awareness campaign targeting all residents, and including a series of advice and preventive measures aimed at avoiding possible bites from these insects.

The purpose is to communicate the importance of developing effective measures to prevent the spread of the tiger mosquito, as it can be a vector of certain diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya or dengue fever. Zika.

As the Director General of Public Health explained. dung Uses“The fight against the tiger mosquito is everyone’s business and for everyone. For this reason, it is very important that all sectors of society combine efforts and involve municipal and local institutions and bodies, as well as the population in general, to stop the spread of these insects.

For this reason, “through this campaign, we want the General Directorate of Public Health to convey some very simple advice that in the long run has a very important impact, because it contributes to eliminating the presence of this type of mosquito in our society.” dung Uses.

“To avoid potential diseases transmitted by tiger mosquitoes through their bites, the most effective measure is to eliminate breeding centers,” the Director-General said. It should be noted that in the case of urban centres, approximately 70% of the breeding of this insect occurs on private property, so the cooperation of citizens is essential.

In this sense, and with the aim of reaching the entire population, the awareness campaign “Tiger Mosquito Invasion” will be disseminated through the media, social networks, and on the Ministry of Health’s website, through the Ministry of Health’s own portal. Tiger mosquito (https://mosquitigre.san.gva.es).

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Effective advice

With the aim of eliminating potential breeding hotspots, the campaign stresses the importance of avoiding or keeping dry those vessels in which water can accumulate, even if it is in small quantities.

It is also advisable to cover containers that cannot be emptied with mosquito netting; Empty and remove dishes from pots when water accumulates; Inspect drains and gutters periodically. Empty inflatable pools or keep ornamental fountains and swimming pools clean and disinfected with chlorine, etc.

In addition, to avoid mosquito bites, it is recommended to protect yourself during mosquito active hours; Avoid using perfumes, as they can attract insects, or use appropriate and approved repellents.

Aid to municipalities

Specifically, the Ministry of Health grants assistance to municipalities of the Valencian Region to develop plans to control the spread of tiger mosquitoes. Specifically, for 2024, 350 thousand euros have been allocated in subsidies.

In addition, given the importance and impact of the diseases they can transmit on public health, the scope of the aid has been expanded, making it broad in the fight against other mosquitoes, sand flies, ticks, etc.

On the other hand, the environmental health technical staff of the General Directorate of Public Health also cooperates with municipalities to obtain their advice and participation in information days held for residents.

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