Asian tiger mosquitoes strike again in Spain

A father and son from Murcia have become the latest people in Spain to contract Dengue fever after having been bitten by tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus).

Both men claim they have never been to parts of the world were Dengue fever is common leading experts to believe they must have been infected with the disease here in Spain.

Apparently, the tiger mosquito is the only insect in Spain capable of transmitting dengue fever to humans.

These latest two cases bring the number of people infected in Murcia to five and as a precaution; all town halls in Murcia have been fumigated as has farmland in Ribera de Molina where it is thought the mosquitoes are breeding.

Dengue fever symptoms are similar to a serious bout of flu, and while it not usually a critical disease, with a mortality rate of 2.5 per cent, experts say it is still a health worry.

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