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Junta announces plan to fight diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks

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  • Andalucía's Ministry of Health will outline a strategy that includes surveillance, prevention and control measures

The Junta de Andalucía's Ministry of Health is drawing up a strategic plan to reduce the incidence of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks to humans.

The plan was announced by the regional government’s Health minister, Jesús Aguirre, and will focus on surveillance, coordination and communication alongside preventative measures.

The environmental conditions in Andalucía are favourable for the proliferation of certain vector-borne diseases as it is on the migratory routes of birds. Climate change and globalisation factors also require a new integrated strategy.

The proposals for the plan includes training for monitoring and control techniques for mosquitoes and ticks.

This month the Junta will also be rolling out its West Nile fever control programme in Andalucía which will identify the different risk areas - low, medium or high – for the virus.