Dengue fever: risk of an epidemic rebound

The dengue epidemic has seen an increase in the number of cases on the island since the start of the year, with 28 cases in one week (from January 18 to 24).

The figures suggest an epidemic rebound.

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Risk of epidemic rebound

With the heat and precipitation, since January 1, an increase in the number of emergency room visits (9 passages) and hospitalizations (7 hospitalizations) has been observed.

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The circulation of the virus continues, raising fears of a resumption of the epidemic in the coming weeks.

From January 18 to 24, 2021, 28 cases of dengue fever were reported to theARS. Isolated cases have been located in 8 municipalities: Saint Joseph, Saint Louis,

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The Port, Small island, Ownership, St. Andrew, Buffer and Saint Pierre. Outbreaks of dengue have also been identified in the Port and Saint-Joseph.

Recommendations to fight against dengue

In order to contain the spread of the virus, the ARS vector control teams are maintaining mosquito control interventions.

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The prefecture and ARS La Réunion recall the importance of fighting dengue.

Everyone must apply preventive measures to avoid contracting the disease and transmit it to those around them.

It is therefore recommended to:

Protect yourself and those around you from mosquito bites: repellents, mosquito nets, long clothes, diffusers

Eliminate breeding sites: empty anything that may contain water around your home

Consult a doctor in the event of symptoms (fever, headache, muscle / joint pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, etc.).

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The doctor prescribes a sample to be taken in the laboratory for medical analyzes to confirm the diagnosis of dengue. This biological confirmation is essential to guide the interventions of vector control teams.

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