The Importance of Wetlands and Unhealthy Water Bodies in the Distribution of Malaria in Spain

  • Arturo Sousa
  • Leoncio García-Barrón
  • Mónica Aguilar-Alba
  • Mark Vetter
  • Julia MoralesEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Malaria is one of the infectious diseases with the highest number of cases worldwide. It has always been linked to aquatic environments, since these can be a necessary reservoir for the anophelines that transmit the disease. This study analyses the role that unhealthy water bodies have played, since the early 20th century, in the most endemic and/or prevalent foci of malaria in Spain. Western Andalusia was the region with the largest surface of unhealthy water bodies and wetlands. The desiccation of much of the continental waters contributed to its eradication.


Malaria foci Water bodies Wetlands Spain Spatial analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arturo Sousa
    • 1
  • Leoncio García-Barrón
    • 2
  • Mónica Aguilar-Alba
    • 3
  • Mark Vetter
    • 4
  • Julia Morales
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant Biology and EcologyUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of Applied Physics IIUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  3. 3.Department of Physical Geography and AGRUniversity of SevilleSevilleSpain
  4. 4.GeovisualizationWürzburg University of Applied SciencesWürzburgGermany

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