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Re: Back to Arenal again!!

Posted: September 9th, 2015, 10:57 am
by Sue Adderley
GREAT! :shock: :???: :???:

Apparently, traps have been set up at service stations in the UK, close to the channel tunnel, as people are carrying the mosquitos back in their camping gear from the continent, so we have them over here too! They sound grim : -

The mosquito can carry more than 20 exotic diseases, including West Nile fever, dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya virus and two types of encephalitis and is strikingly distinct from other mosquitos due to its distinctive black and white striped markings.

Although it is important to understand that this mosquito has the capacity to carry these disease, it must be pointed out that in order for it to do so, these disease must be present in a mosquito carrying them in Spain: dengue fever and yellow fever are not currently present anywhere in Spain.

The Chikungunya virus is usually thought of as a tropical disease as the majority of cases occur in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and India, although other sporadic outbreaks have been reported in recent years in the Mediterranean in Italy and France. ( Italy 2007, 200 cases, one fatal, Var in France 2 cases in 2010 and 12 in Montpellier in 2014)

There is no vaccine for Chikungunya,and no effective anti-viral treatment, but the virus is rarely fatal, although it can cause complications in those with other pre-existing debiliating medical conditions and the more mature.

Infection causes fever, joint pain, fatigue, nausea, headaches and muscle pain, and treatment tends to focus on relieving symptoms. Most people recover within 7 to 10 days although swollen joints can continue for some months in extreme cases.

In 2014 266 cases of chikungunya were reported in Spain and by August of 2015 there had been 86 cases, 18 of them in the Valencia region, all imported via returning travellers.

Among the measures recommended are the following:
- Don’t leave excess water standing in saucers after watering pot plants or put fine sand in the saucers to prevent eggs being laid
- Flush water through drains at least once a week
- Constantly empty, wash and re-fill pets’ drinking bowls or animal water troughs
- Check sagging drains, guttering, pipes or locations in which water could collect
- Avoid leaving stagnant water of any sort in the garden as it is a breeding ground, so check tyres lying outside which could contain water after a storm( the mosquito is believed to have arrived in the US inside tyres), pots, containers as even the smallest can be an attractive breeding ground for this and other types of mosquito.
- Empty unused swimming pools, ponds, wheelbarrows and buckets.

Simple prevention advice
Tiger Mosquitos are attracted to dark clothing, perspiration, carbon dioxide and other odours.
Wear light coloured clothing which covers as much of the body as possible if visiting an area with a large population of mosquitos.
Making sure mosquito netting is installed which will help to minimise the risk of being bitten.
Use mosquito repellant products.
Mosquito spraying is deemed to be largely ineffective against the Tiger Mosquito.
Insect zappers and fly papers are generally ineffective against this mosquito.

Good luck everyone! :sad:

Re: Back to Arenal again!!

Posted: September 9th, 2015, 12:33 pm
by trevx
Oh poo...

Had read some months ago that they were holidaying in Mallorca, so it was only a matter of time before they chose to go up market.

The mozzies must've got a sponsorship deal with the manufacturers of repellent :yawinkle


Re: Back to Arenal again!!

Posted: September 10th, 2015, 7:42 am
by ladyrose
Funny is it not how small this article was in the paper. :???:

Re: Back to Arenal again!!

Posted: September 10th, 2015, 12:18 pm
by trevx
I guess that until the new mozzies start make their presence felt in a way that's different to that with which Menorcans are familiar, the newspapers won't make a big issue. They'll soon start hollering then, especially if they can spot a political angle, eg negligence by governments/ local authorities to act.

Made me wryly chuckle when I read the bit about not leaving stagnant water- the cliffs around Menorca are full of little (and big) crevices which collect water after it's rained and I'm not sure how you can empty those :???:


Re: Back to Arenal again!!

Posted: September 11th, 2015, 12:34 pm
by smudgersmiff
Tigers thanks Ladyrose, we will have to consume more :spazzies: to make them intoxicated.