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The Department of Health joins the information campaign to prevent the tiger mosquito (12/03/2019)

The Councils of Health and Public Services of the Caravaca de la Cruz City Council are joining the campaign to prevent the proliferation of the tiger mosquito, with the distribution of leaflets and informative posters in public spaces.

In addition, this month of April traps will be installed in different locations in the urban area to detect the possible presence of eggs or larvae.

"The City of Caravaca de la Cruz adhered a year ago to the Regional Mosquito Tigre Surveillance System, launched by the Ministry of Health of the Region of Murcia, which provides advisory councils and informative material and provide traps that are then analyzed by the Environmental Health Service, "as reported by the councilor responsible for the area, Jesus Sanchez, who has detailed that of" the samples collected during the year 2018 in four locations, two of them were positive. "

Jesus Sanchez recalled that "until recently was a species very little known in the region and in our town, their bites, in addition to causing discomfort, can be transmitting diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya or Zica"

Citizen collaboration is essential to fight against the tiger mosquito, since in most cases they are reproduced on private property.

It is everyone's job to be vigilant in our homes and field areas so that containers that can accumulate stagnant water, such as buckets, cans, ashtrays or pot dishes, are kept empty or controlled, as well as performing proper maintenance of the chlorine levels in the pools and protect wells and cisterns to avoid putting their eggs there.

The tiger mosquito has a length of between 2 and 10 millimeters and is characterized by its black coloration with white ornamentation on the thorax and abdomen and its legs with white and black stripes.

This insect is native to Southeast Asia and its habitat usually grows in hollows of trees with water, so in our environment it prefers to deposit eggs in small containers with standing water.

Tips for the control of the tiger mosquito

Since mosquitoes usually deposit their eggs in the water, it is important not to keep containers inside or outside the home that accumulate water like dishes of pots or other and avoid having stagnant water.

If you have them, it is recommended to empty them twice a week or cover them with mosquito net or sand.

It is also advisable to move away from areas where there is untreated standing water, such as fountains, inflatable pools, laundries or ponds.

Also, to prevent bites is good to wear clothes that cover the skin, with long sleeves, long pants and socks, as well as avoid the dark and bright colors, which attract mosquitoes.

You also have to shake your clothes before you use them if you have stretched out on the outside.

Finally, turn off the light if you have the window open and use mosquito nets for the bed or cradle by fixing them under the mattress.

In addition, when using mosquito repellents you must strictly follow the recommendations on the mode of application and the frequency of use.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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