• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Share this

Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn
Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:24

The Canary Islands: Zika & Disease-Free Despite The Heat

The mosquito that transmits Zika virus doesn't live in the Canary Islands The mosquito that transmits Zika virus doesn't live in the Canary Islands Wikipedia

Gran Canaria and the Canary islands may be hot and sunny but they are free of all infectious diseases like malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya and Zika virus.

There are several reasons why the Canaries are disease-free...

The Canary Islands are subtropical rather than tropical. This means that it is too cool for many tropical mosquitos and the diseases they carry to survive.

The mosquito species that transmits most tropical diseases (including Zika virus) doesn't live in the Canary Islands there have never been any cases of Canarians or tourists catching a mosquito-borne disease in the Canary Islands from the native mozzies.

Another factor that protects the islands is that it is dry most of the time so there are no puddles for mosquitos to breed in. While tropical destinations get regular rain, it doesn't rain often enough in the Canary Islands for puddles. 

Also, the area of Africa closest to the Canaries is very dry so mosquitos don't blow over.

You don't ever see it, but Canarian airports also have sophisticated trapping systems designed to catch any exotic mozzies that hide away inside aeroplanes. Since most flights to the islands come in from Europe, the risk of exotic mosquitos escaping is low anyway. With Zika virus spreading in South America, precautions in the Canaries have been stepped up just in case.

As a further precaution, all the reservoirs and water tanks in rural areas are stocked with little fish called mosquito fish which eat mosquito larva.

If you are sensitive to mosquito bites, then it is sensible to take precautions in the Canary Islands as the local mozzies do bite. Local supermarkets sell excellent plugins that emit a smell that mosquitos hate; They cost about 5 euros for the device and enough liquid to last for 30 nights. Outdoors there isn't much you can do except apply a mild mosquito repellent (one containing DEET is most effective). 

Related items

Login to post comments
Submit to DeliciousSubmit to DiggSubmit to FacebookSubmit to Google PlusSubmit to StumbleuponSubmit to TechnoratiSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Most read this week

Follow us on Facebook

Live Weather

Partly Cloudy

23°C

Maspalomas

Partly Cloudy

Humidity: 69%

Wind: 11.27 km/h

  • 21 Aug 2017

    Mostly Sunny 26°C 23°C

  • 22 Aug 2017

    Partly Cloudy 29°C 25°C

Tip of the day

Who's Online

We have 596 guests and no members online

Login / Register

Take this website to the max, login or create an account now! By clicking on any Social Media platform logo, you can login with just one click.