The threat of mosquito-borne arboviral disease in Spain: A bibliographic review

Med Clin (Barc). 2022 Apr 22;158(8):378-386. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2021.10.014. Epub 2022 Jan 10.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Over the last two decades there has been an increase in outbreaks of arboviral diseases, being Spain at high risk for disease emergence. This paper reviews the current evidence regarding the transmissibility, disease epidemiology, control strategies and mosquito-borne disease drivers and maintaining factors in Spain. There is risk of autochthonous cases and outbreaks in Spain due to recent transmission occurrence. Recently, there has been an expansion of Aedes Albopticus, a vector for Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya; and Cullex spp., vector for West Nile Virus, already endemic in Spain. Their establishment has been facilitated by climate and environmental drivers. If climate change projections are to be met, an increase in disease transmission is to be expected, as well as the re-establishment of other vectors such as Aedes Aegypti. Our review supports the need to understand the threat of these emerging diseases and implement preventive strategies in order to minimise their impact.

Keywords: Arbovirus; Cambio climático; Climate change; Emerging diseases; Enfermedades emergentes; España; Spain.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aedes*
  • Animals
  • Arbovirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Chikungunya Fever* / epidemiology
  • Chikungunya Fever* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Mosquito Vectors
  • Spain / epidemiology
  • Zika Virus Infection* / epidemiology
  • Zika Virus Infection* / prevention & control
  • Zika Virus*