Santiago de Compostela, Aug 10 (EFE).- None of the eight tiger mosquito specimens that have been detected in Galicia, specifically in the municipality of Moaña (Pontevedra), are carriers of the disease, or at least it has not been proven. for the moment that they are linked or none is a carrier ”.
This was stated by the director of Public Health of the Xunta, Carmen Durán, at a press conference this morning in Santiago de Compostela to present the latest advances in the Galician strategy against cancer.
After the detection of the mosquito in Galicia for the first time, of which the Xunta reported yesterday, the Galician Government is “scrupulously following the established protocols” in the National Plan for Prevention, Surveillance and Control, for which reason tomorrow, Friday, the first meeting of the technical coordination committee.
This committee will be attended by representatives of the regional departments of the Environment, Rural Affairs, the Interior, the health area of Vigo and the Moaña City Council itself.
The committee will decide what are the next measures to adopt, especially to continue increasing surveillance and prevent the spread of the tiger mosquito.
At the moment, Galicia is in “scenario 1”, according to Durán, in which after the appearance of the mosquitoes there is “no patient with the disease nor has the disease been detected”.
This mosquito is a potential transmitter of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or zika viruses, but its presence in other Spanish autonomous communities did not cause circulation of these viruses, except for isolated cases of dengue detected in 2018 and 2019.
On the reasons for the appearance of this type of mosquito in Galicia, Durán recalled that “when the climate is very rainy in a place and then there is sun, it is a good state for it to proliferate”, but he has also said that he does not believe that it will spread. These are autochthonous specimens, but rather they have come from another place, like those that appeared in the Mediterranean, or the Basque Country and Asturias.
The tiger mosquito has been detected in Galicia thanks to the collaboration of a resident of Moaña who, in the presence of specimens of this insect, sent some photos through the “Mosquito Alert” application.