Could Culex Crisis Mean Mossie Mayhem?

Just when you thought that 2020 couldn’t get any more, ahem, “interesting”, what with one thing and another, now we have something else to watch out for.

The areas of Coria and La Puebla del Río in Seville province have reported 12 cases of West Nile virus (WNV), spread by Culex mosquitos.

West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States and is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. The good news, however, is that most people infected with WNV do not feel sick.

Spain’s Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Sanidad Ambiental (Anecpla) has appealed for calm and advised using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to prevent mosquito bites.

The way the year has been going, I’m expecting plagues of boiling frogs, Godzilla, or a full blown alien invasion by September. In the immortal words of ‘Hill Street Blues’ – “Let’s be careful out there”.


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