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Var: a new case of dengue detected in Fayence

Var: a new case of dengue detected in Fayence

A new case of dengue detected in the Var, Thursday September 1, 2022.
A new case of dengue detected in the Var, Thursday September 1, 2022. (©emodeath / Adobe Stock)

The Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur Regional Health Agency announced, Thursday, September 1, 2022, the detection ofa new case of autochthonous dengue fever in Fayence. On August 24, 2022, five people had already been identified. “These people all presented their symptoms between the end of June and the end of July and are all located in the same sector of the town, confirming the circulation of the virus in this area”, specifies the ARS in a press release.

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Transmission by tiger mosquito

Dengue fever is one of the diseases that can be transmitted “from person to person through the bite of an infected tiger mosquito by the virus”, recalls the ARS. An indigenous case means that the person was bitten on national territory and has not “traveled to a contaminated area in the 15 days preceding the appearance of symptoms”.

Mosquito control actions have also been taken by the Interdepartmental Agreement for the mosquito control of the Mediterranean coast (EID-Med) in the neighborhoods where the cases live (public roads, private gardens), as well as in places frequented by the cases identified during their periods of contagiousness. These interventions make it possible to eliminate potentially infected adult mosquitoes and eliminate breeding sites to limit the proliferation of mosquitoes in these sectors.

Mosquito nets and repellent

The ARS also recalls the individual actions to follow to avoid the development mosquitoes around his home:
– store anything that can hold water (buckets, watering cans) away from the rain
– hermetically tarpaulin or cover with a mosquito net the water reserves (drum, canister, untreated swimming pool)
– ensure that the gutters run smoothly
– pick up green waste that can become resting places for adult mosquitoes.
– the use of repellents, mosquito nets, the wearing of protective clothing are also gestures to avoid bites.

Finally, the ARS recommends see a doctor if you have symptoms evocative (high fever of sudden onset, muscle or joint pain, eye pain, fatigue, headache), especially if they appear within 15 days of returning from a trip to the tropics.

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