# biblatex-apa and babel losing the ampersand with option spanish

I'm trying to use the package biblatex-apa with babel. It is working except that the APA style requires that parenthetical citations and bibliography references separate the last author by "&" and not by "and".

The following shows the options I'm using:

\usepackage[spanish]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\usepackage[style=apa]{biblatex}
\DeclareLanguageMapping{spanish}{spanish-apa}


However, though apa.bbx is meant to handle it, instead of "&" it is compiling with "y" (Spanish for and).

How can I manage to compile according to the APA style requirements?

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This is a problem due to the biblatex spanish.lbx which spanish-apa.lbx inherits from. It uses a "smart and" which is replacing ampersands. Add this to your preamble.

\setcounter{smartand}{0}


I'll update the APA style with this option for spanish.

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Thank you for your answer. I've editted my answer so that it incorporates both your solution to the bibliography and the workaround for truncated citations –  Víctor H Cervantes Oct 5 '11 at 19:24
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[spanish]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\usepackage[style=apa,backend=biber]{biblatex}
\DeclareLanguageMapping{spanish}{spanish-apa}

\setcounter{smartand}{0}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{spanish}{%
andothers = {et al.},
}