Dengue fever most often presents as mild, with no or few symptoms, or as a sudden flu-like illness accompanied by joint pain. However, since the middle of the 20th century, severe forms have appeared with hemorrhages or with shock syndrome that can lead to death. The multiplication of proven cases in the Hautes Pyrénées department is worrying. And the reaction of the authorities speaks of the urgency. Several mosquito control operations have already been carried out in the town of‘Andrest then to the town of Rabastens de Bigorre.
Tiger mosquito proliferation
The effects of global warming now allow the proliferation of the tiger mosquito carrying the dengue virus suggests new cases. Endemic in tropical and subtropical countries, dengue tends to spread worldwide to temperate regions.
Dengue fever causes high fever
The Regional Health Agency is appealing to all the inhabitants of this sector who present clinical signs suggestive of a dengue infection, are called upon to consult their attending physician as soon as possible. The suggestive symptoms are, in the absence of another established diagnosis:
• a high fever (>38.5°C) sudden onset;
• associated with at least one other clinical sign such as headaches, muscle, joint or lumbar pain;
• in the absence of cough, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulties or infected wounds.