Dengue. Mosquito control operations in Haute-Garonne

Several mosquito control operations took place in Haute-Garonne and Occitanie after the discovery of cases of dengue in people who had not traveled abroad.

Mosquito control operations took place in Haute-Garonne after the discovery of cases of dengue in people who had not travelled. (CC BY Katja Schulz/Flickr)

This is a new fight for the Regional Health Agency (ARS). She carried out several mosquito control operations in Occitania, including in Haute-Garonne, after the discovery of cases of dengue in people who had not traveled abroad. It is then a question of autochthonous case because this infectious disease is normally absent from metropolitan France. It is transmitted by mosquito bites in tropical areas.

Dengue fever, a disease absent from Haute-Garonne

“Usually absent from mainland France, dengue fever is an infectious disease that must be declared. Each reported case, whether imported or indigenous, gives rise to a health investigation carried out by teams from ARS Occitanie and Public Health France to guide the prevention and control operations to be implemented both with patients concerned and in their immediate environment”, explains the ARS after the discovery of a case of dengue in La Salvetat-Saint-Gilles, north of Haute-Garonne.

To limit the risk of transmission of the dengue virus via tiger mosquitoes, preventive measures are being deployed by the mosquito control operator mandated by ARS Occitanie, as was the case on rue de Metz, in downtown Toulouse, or in La Salvetat-Saint-Gilles.

Dengue fever symptoms

In addition, all the inhabitants of the sector where a case of dengue is detected, who would present clinical signs suggestive of an infection, are called upon to consult their attending physician as soon as possible. The symptoms of dengue fever are:
– a high fever (>38.5°C) of sudden onset.
– associated with at least one other clinical sign such as headache, muscle or joint or lumbar pain.
– in the absence of cough, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulties or infected wounds.

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