TOWNS and villages across the northern Costa Blanca may be entitled to substantial grants from the regional government to help them deal with the scourge of tiger mosquitoes which continue to test the patience of the public and local health authorities.
A new action plan devised by the government gives smaller municipalities the chance to request emergency funds of up to 15,000 euros to tackle the problem, an opportunity seized by 139 different areas so far.
Those whose dire need is proven will quickly receive the funds to help prevent the spread of mosquito associated viruses by raising public awareness on how best to avoid them and their bites.
Tiger mosquitoes are one of the world’s most invasive species and have firmly established themselves in Spain since 2004. Though they transmit deadly viruses in other parts of the world, the greatest fear in Western Europe is of contracting chikungunya, which causes fever, joint pain and nausea among other symptoms.
Animals including dogs and cats, are also at risk, with the possibility of worm infestations. Fortunately the peak season is coming to a close and the busy pests will lay down their arms towards the end of September.