Two autochthonous cases of dengue have been identified in Toulouse, precisely in the Amidonniers district. To limit the risk of transmission of this virus, a mosquito control operation will take place on the night of Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
Two indigenous cases of dengue have been detected in the Amidonniers district of Toulouse, according to theRegional Health Agency (ARS) Occitanie. They relate to people not having traveled recently. Dengue fever is an infection that normally occurs in tropical areas. It is transmitted from person to person through the bite of a tiger mosquito that has previously been infected with the virus.
“However, the tiger mosquito present in our territory is capable, if it bites an infected person returning from a trip, of transmit after a few days the virus to a non-traveller. We talk then of indigenous cases. The disease can manifest itself in the person who has been bitten on average in the four to seven days after the bite infectious”, explains the ARS.
Mosquito control operation in the Amidonniers district of Toulouse
To limit the risk of dengue fever transmission by tiger mosquitoes, a mosquito control operation is being organized tonight, from Tuesday October 4 to Wednesday October 5, 2022, in the Amidonniers district of Toulouse. Then, investigators from the ARS and Public Health France will carry out a health survey this Wednesday door to door, to check if no other inhabitant shows symptoms of the disease. An information note on the tiger mosquito and dengue fever will be given to them during the visit.
Call a doctor if you have symptoms of dengue fever
Dengue is a generally mild disease whose symptoms, similar to those of the flu, can be temporarily disabling, such as: a high fever (above 38.5 degrees Celsius), headaches and muscle, joint or lumbar pain. Be careful, cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing or infected wounds are not among the symptoms. “All the inhabitants of the Amidonniers district in Toulouse who presented clinical signs suggestive of a dengue infection are called upon to consult their doctor “, insists ARS Occitanie.
How to limit the proliferation of mosquitoes at home?
In addition, the Regional Health Agency gives some advice to limit the proliferation of mosquitoes at home, knowing that very often, they “do not fly more than 150 meters from their place of appearance”. It is therefore recommended toeliminate all places where water can stagnateto check the flow of waste water (in the gutters, for example), to cover the water tanks (cans, cisterns, basins) with a mosquito net or a cloth, and finally, to clear the garden by trimming grass, hedges or trees, picking up plants and then limiting watering.
Inside the house, it is advisable to use mosquito repellents, put up mosquito nets, wear covering clothesinstall traps or use fans to keep insects away.