Farmers fear the arrival of the Nile virus in Valencia

The Ministries of Agriculture and Health have been asked by The farmers association, to form an effective action plan to act quickly if the virus approaches the community.

An outbreak of viral meningoencephalitis next to the rice growing areas of Seville and the subsequent information that 19 of the 33 suspected cases have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) has reactivated the alarms of the Valencian agricultural sector in this regard.

The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) fears the spread of this emerging virus to the humid areas of the Region – such as the natural parks of La Albufera, the Pego-Oliva Marsh, the entire coastal marsh and the areas adjacent to river beds, after suffering, in recent years, an increasingly extensive and aggressive incidence of other insects such as the tiger mosquito, the black fly and ticks.