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BUENO MARI, Rubén and JIMENEZ PEYDRO, Ricardo. Could malaria and dengue reappear in Spain?. Gac Sanit [online]. 2010, vol.24, n.4, pp. 347-353. ISSN 0213-9111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112010000400014.
The recent increase in immigration to Spain has facilitated the importation of many tropical diseases. Among these diseases, those of vectorial origin are among the most difficult to study. Some of the reasons for this difficulty are the complexity due to the variety of hosts involved in the transmission cycles and the need to know all the physiological, bioecological and biogeographic parameters related to the vector in order to infer the actual possibilities of the emergence or reemergence of these diseases. This article provides information on imported diseases of unquestionable epidemiological interest for the population in Spain due to the presence of several species of culicid mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae) capable of transmitting these diseases in our country. Parasitic diseases such as malaria, which was highly endemic in Spain until 50 years ago, and other arboviral infections such as dengue and yellow fever, are analyzed in these terms. Various aspects related to the health system, as well as the different ways of tackling these issues, are also discussed.
Keywords : Disease outbreaks; Communicable diseases; Immigration; Malaria; Arboviruses; Dengue; Insect vectors; Culicidae.