Iberia: natural history and environment

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Monday, June 28, 2004

Malaria in Spain


It's summer again and as usual some of my friends are off to exotic climes with their mosquito nets, jungle-strength cream and dizzying drugs. But how ‘foreign' really is Malaria to Spain and Europe? Despite all the hysteria about climate change enabling malaria to spread to the West, the weather is by no means the biggest factor in determining the presence of malarial mosquitoes. Europe was until the last century rife with the disease. In fact, the last country in Western Europe to eradicate malaria was cold, damp Holland in the late nineteen-sixties. Malaria, or ‘paludismo' as it is also known in Castilian, was endemic to Spain until well into the 20th century. The disease probably took off from its ancestral enclaves with the .... Click here for complete article

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