Valencia City’s West Nile virus precautions

MOSQUITO FUMIGATION: Carried out year-round in Valencia CityPhoto credit: Lokimica

VALENCIA’S Health councillor declared that West Nile virus is unlikely to affect the city or adjoining areas.

Year-round anti-mosquito controls made it “practically improbable” that the city could be affected by the disease which at the time of writing had claimed three lives in Sevilla.

The president of Spain’s College of Veterinary Surgeons, Luis Alberto Calvo Saez, warned of the possibility of further West Nile virus cases in other parts of Spain, prompting Ciudadanos councillor Javier Copovi to request a prevention plan.


Garcia explained that steps already taken throughout the year to eliminate the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever, zika and the chikungunya virus would also combat those transmitting the West Nile virus.

These preventive measures were accompanied by constant surveillance, trapping and identifying mosquitoes.  The results were then incorporated in the city’s Health Map, Garcia said.

Fumigation is carried out in approximately 300 Valencia City areas that tend to be swampy or marshy, including El Saler national park, together with the irrigation channels in the outskirts of the city, the councillor added.

“All of these are checked each week, an annual total of 16,800 inspections,” he pointed out.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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