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Experts participating in the Mosquito Alert research project have stated this Sunday that the tiger mosquito can transmit up to 22 different viruses, but not the coronavirus.

The director of Mosquito Alert, Frederic Bartumeus, has predicted a decrease in the cases of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya this summer due to the decline in tourism due to the pandemic, according to a statement from the Center for Ecological Research and Forest Applications (Creaf).

"Although the nuisance caused by mosquitoes will not decrease, by 2020 we can expect less probability of autochthonous cases of these diseases," explained Bartumeus.

In addition to the tiger mosquito, they have alerted to the presence of Aedes japonicus, a mosquito of Asian origin that they have already detected through the photographs that citizens hang on the Mosquito Alert app, and that guide the experts' investigation.

"We must also keep an eye on the possible arrival of Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito originating in Africa," which arrived in the Canary Islands in 2017, although it could be eradicated.

Since its launch five years ago, the Mosquito Alert app has accumulated 70,000 downloads, and users have uploaded 15,000 photos of mosquitoes to the platform; The project is supported by Obra Social La Caixa, the European Research Council (ERC), the European Commission and the Barcelona City Council.

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