A public petition (n°1071) for a public health policy that effectively combats the implantation of tiger mosquitoes, vectors of diseases, in Luxembourg, has been introduced on 10th July 2018 and is open for signature until 19th September 2018 (Bomfim 2018).
Text of the petition (translated from French)
This petition aims to start a debate that will lead to a number of effective actions to combat the implantation of tiger mosquitoes in Luxembourg. This invasive species has no natural predators and can not only unbalance the ecosystem like bring tropical diseases to Luxembourg. Among the possible actions that should be discussed as a result of this petition, we can list:
- a study of the regions of Luxembourg with the greatest potential for tiger mosquito invasion;
- campaigns to raise public awareness of measures to combat the tiger mosquito (garden maintenance, elimination of stagnant water deposits);
- education campaigns in schools and colleges on the invasiveness of tiger mosquitoes and preventive measures;
- special maintenance and vigilance measures on rest areas where motor homes from southern Europe stop and which potentially contain tiger mosquitoes;
- monitoring of the presence of tiger mosquitoes in cities, countryside and forests via traps (instrumentation used for example in Italian regions).
Motivation of the general interest of the petition: The tiger mosquito is a vector of diseases such as dengue, Nile fever and chikungunya. If the invasion of mosquitoes is not controlled, the importation of these diseases will become an additional burden for health services, in days off work and school absence, not to mention a great disturbance for the population and a devaluation of the country’s rural areas.
Bomfim, JAS, 2018. Pétition publique n°1071 – Pour une politique de santé publique qui combatte effectivement l’implantation des moustiques tigres, vecteurs de maladies, au Luxembourg. URL: https://chd.lu/wps/portal/public/Accueil/TravailALaChambre/Petitions/RoleDesPetitions?action=doPetitionDetail&id=1274 [08/08/2018].