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Revista Española de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 2173-9110Print version ISSN 1135-5727


BUENO MARI, Rubén; MORENO MARI, Josefa; OLTRA MOSCARDO, Mª Teresa  and  JIMENEZ PEYDRO, Ricardo. Arthropods With Vectorial Interest in Spanish Public Health. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2009, vol.83, n.2, pp.201-214. ISSN 2173-9110.

Fifteen of the thirty-one Obligatory Communicable Diseases in Spain, exempting those of congenital or neonatal types, can be transmitted by several species of arthropods that are present in our country. Several arthropod orders are the suitable transmitters of tens of bacteria, fungi, virus and protozoa. This fact demands a through of the biology knowledge of these vectors in order to adopt efficient control measures that allow us to reduce the incidence levels of these diseases. Nevertheless, the epidemiological studies shouldn’t remain only restricted to the diseases with active transmission cycles in our country. It is necessary to acquire a global vision because of allochton diseases that are perfectly extensible to our territory in the globalization context in which we are situated. All this information is important to know which factors are preventing the disease presence. The aim is to provide the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network with a valuable predictive capacity that allows it to predict the potential arrival of diseases and the consequent strengthening of the spanish Public Health. The goal of this work is to carry out a review of the spanish arthropod fauna with any vectorial interest. The current situation of some of the more important vectorial diseases in our country and the factors related to a resurgence reappearance and/or intensification of those ones are also discussed. Therefore, the study of these inappealable protagonists in our Public Health as an articulatory element in the complex network that any vectorial disease entails is absolutely necessary.

Keywords : Arthropods.Public Health; Epidemiology; Spain; Arthropod vectors; Allergy and immunology; Entomology.

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