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The City of Murcia emphasizes the campaign 'Against the tiger mosquito we all fight' for the high temperatures (11/07/2019)

Before the increase in temperatures, the City Council recalled that 'Against the tiger mosquito, we all fight'.

The Councilor for Sports and Health, Felipe Coello, has indicated that "the coincidence between temperature and water are the main factors for the proliferation of mosquitoes and now we focus all our efforts on fighting the Aedes albopictus, better known as tiger mosquito, for diseases that can transmit and by how it reproduces, in small accumulations of water ".

In this sense, the prevention and control program of the tiger mosquito of the City Council that monitors the situation of this vector throughout the year, increases the treatment work that began last April.

In this way the scuppers of the sewage network are treated with larvicides, being the main urban focus, making a special follow-up in some of the 56 zones defined as risk areas such as gardens, health centers or clinics, educational centers with children population and points of arrival of foreign citizens such as the train station or the airport.

The number of troops that make up this service has been expanded to 10 people, divided into five groups that attend notices using electric vehicles and performing localized fumigations.

In addition, drones are used to reach areas of difficult access and bats to scare off these insects, so they will install nesting boxes for these bats as they can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes in one night, becoming a great collaborator for the control of this plague.

Currently there are already installed 30 booths distributed by the river and adjacent gardens, figure that will be expanded during this campaign to 70.

Citizen collaboration

The coincidence of the rise in temperatures with the presence of water (in some cases due to summer storms and most of them due to foci on private properties), make it necessary to remember how to act against this mosquito.

That is why within the program there are included dissemination, information and citizen education activities, with workshops, mupis or talks whose objective is to transfer to the population the importance of eliminating any small accumulation of water since 80% of the centers are in private properties .

In this way you should avoid containers that can accumulate water, such as buckets or drums, cover the water tanks with mosquito net, maintain chlorine levels in pools and rafts, regularly clean the gutters of terraces and roofs and try to avoid waterlogging with risks .

For this reason, special emphasis is placed on the control of those pools that, because they do not have proper maintenance, are true tiger mosquito foci.

In addition, an action protocol has been established in the case of diagnosis or suspicion of a case of disease transmitted by these vectors (zica, dengue or chikungunya), which includes an early diagnosis (through the care services), isolation of the patient during the infectious period (6-9 days), the epidemiological investigation and treatment of the perimeter of the dwelling (100-200 meters) and other areas.

The telephone number 968 247062 is available to residents, and the email address veterinaria.sanidad@ayto-murcia.es where all citizens can communicate possible sources and receive more information regarding prevention.

The complaints will be answered in 24-48 hours.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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