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Mosquito campaign to continue despite no more bits 

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Fuerteventura is to continue checks for the nasty Aedes aegypti mosquito even though the situation seems to be now under control.

Health chiefs say that since the measures came into force last year, no further bites have been reported and none of the insects or their eggs have been found in traps.

However, they have warned that Aedes aegypti eggs can survive up to 18 months in zones without humidity so the controls should continue for “several more months.”

Officials with the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands held a catch-up meeting recently with representatives of councils from throughout the islands and experts in tropical diseases.

After the detection in 2017 of some Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, different types of traps were placed, door-to-door surveys carried out and the application of specific biocides carried out in homes, common areas and surround-ings of the place where the specimens were detected. Since the treatment with biocides was carried out, no more bites have been reported by this invasive mosquito.

Two biologists were also permanently located on the island, who supervised, coor-dinated and executed the work aimed at the detection, control and eradication of Aedes aegypti.

In the different types of traps placed in strategic places, no more specimens, eggs or larvae have been captured.

Health chiefs say they want to thank everyone who has been involved in the cam-paign, including the official bodies, experts and members of the public who provided vital information and surveillance. This, they said, was and is fundamental.

Contact can be made with the General Directorate of Public Health through social media profiles on cana-riassaludable.org, or send photos of the mosquito or suspected stings to corr-eo.scs@gobiernodeca-narias.org., noting the geographical location where a mosquito suspected of being an Aedes aegypti was spott-ed.