A CANARY Islands hotspot faces a potentially deadly outbreak of dengue and yellow fever after mosquitoes were discovered there.
Health officials said the Aedes aegypti species, which also spread the Zika virus, were found on a residential estate called Las Granadas on Fuerteventura.
Mosquitoes which transmit dengue and yellow fever have been found on a Canary Islands hotspot
The insect also spreads other viruses common in tropical and sub-tropical areas, including Mayaro and Chikungunya – which has no cure.
Island officials have hired a private firm to clear the insects, which were blamed for 30 cases of dengue fever on Cristiano Ronaldo’s native island of Madeira in 2005.
Homeowners were told to abandon their homes for 12 hours at a meeting attended by local politicians including Puerto del Rosario’s mayor Nicolas Gutierrez and tropical disease experts.
The fumigation of more than 30 houses in the holiday hot spot popular with expats is expected to last two days.
The British Foreign Office (FCO) said there were currently no extra health warnings for tourist at this stage after being contacted by Sun Online.
However, the FCO advises travellers to contact their health professional four to six weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.
The mosquitoes are thought to have reached Fuerteventura on freight ships when they were still eggs, although tests are ongoing to confirm how they arrived.
Health chiefs have played down the threat to locals and holidaymakers, saying no one has yet been diagnosed with the diseases.
The Canary Islands regional health authority released a statement saying “a larger number of traps are being set and surveys are taking place in houses near to the area where the mosquito has been detected”.
The Aedes aegypti originated in Africa but is now found in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world.
Dengue causes high fever, severe headaches and joint pain. It can also progress to a hemorrhagic fever in which patients experience more bleeding and persistent vomiting. If not treated it can progress to shock and death.
It was reported at the time more than 300 people died of dengue fever in Brazil alone in 2011.
Zika consists of a mild fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
The high temperatures in the Canaries over winter makes the destination one of the most popular getaways at this time of the year.
Thousands also flock to the islands in February for their famous carnivals. In 2005 the mosquitoes were blamed for 30 cases of dengue fever on Cristiano Ronaldo’s native island of Madeira.
In 2010 they were also linked to an outbreak of dengue in Cape Verde, another destination which has become increasingly popular with British tourists in recent years.