Spain holiday warning: Popular spots face 'very serious' health issue – Majorca, Alicante

The association is also warning of the presence of a new species of tropical bed bug with a potential risk of transmitting diseases in Spain.

The new species is called Cimex hemipterus and is native to Asia but in recent years has been colonising Australia, the United States and Europe.

Anecpla warned: “This is a species that is highly resistant to conventional insecticides whose use, on the other hand, is totally discouraged by experts, since they not only solve the problem, but what they do is spread the plague to nearby spaces.”

The health association also warned the situation could get worse over the summer “due both to the appearance of new species like this one and to the chronification of contributing factors in its spread,” like the number of people and the increase in temperatures.

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