Perpignan: the 5th case of suspected dengue fever is confirmed, it is an indigenous contamination

The suspected case has been confirmed. A person who has not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating in the 15 days preceding the onset of symptoms has been infected with dengue fever.

The case was suspicious, it is now confirmed. A 5th person has contracted dengue fever, after four other cases have been identified in the Pyrénées-Orientales. But, unlike them, this person has not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating in the 15 days preceding the onset of the disease. In other words, she was contaminated in Perpignan itself, where she lives. His state of health does not inspire concern for the time being.

Prevention measures are being implemented by Altopictus, a mosquito control company mandated by the regional health agency (ARS), in the area of ​​Avenue de Grande Bretagne and La Pépinière park near the Hotel. police in Perpignan.

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The residents concerned will be approached by agents from ARS Occitanie and Public Health France during a door-to-door investigation and will receive a note calling on them to report to ARS Occitanie if they have presented, since at the beginning of May, the following symptoms: a fever above 38.5°C which appeared suddenly, accompanied by headaches, muscle or joint or lumbar pain, but without cough, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulties or infected wounds.

As a reminder, dengue fever is a generally mild disease whose symptoms, similar to those of the flu, can be temporarily disabling. This disease is transmitted from person to person through the bite of a tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) previously infected with the virus.

Avoid the proliferation of mosquitoes

To limit the proliferation of mosquitoes, several actions should be taken:

– Eliminate places where water can stagnate: small rubbish, bulky items, green waste… Used tires can be filled with earth, if you don’t want to throw them away.

– Change the water for plants and flowers once a week or, if possible, remove or fill the saucers of flowerpots with sand, replace the water in vases with wet sand.

– Check the proper flow of rainwater and waste water and clean regularly: gutters, manholes, gutters and drains.

– Cover water tanks (water cans, cisterns, basins) with a mosquito net or a simple cloth.

– Cover small pools that are out of use and drain the water from the covers or treat the water (bleach, chlorine tablets, etc.).

– Eliminate adult mosquito resting places: clear brush and trim tall grass and hedges, prune trees, pick up fallen fruit and plant debris, reduce sources of humidity (limit watering), maintain your garden.

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