Dengue fever is rampant in Martinique. 13 new cases have been identified on the island since February 3, 2023.
- 13 new cases of dengue have been identified in Martinique since February 3, 2023.
- An active focus has been identified in the Belfond district (Sainte-Anne).
- In this period of resurgence of dengue fever, it is important to protect yourself against mosquito bites and to fight against the proliferation of these insects.
Guyana is not the only department to have to deal with dengue fever. The regional health agency (ARS) of Martinique indicated in a press release dated February 17, 2023, that an active focus of the disease was detected in the town of Sainte-Anne.
Dengue fever: 13 cases identified in Martinique
According to Martinique’s ARS, 13 cases of dengue fever have been identified and confirmed on the island since February 3, 2023. In addition, more than 120 patients with symptoms suggestive of the disease have consulted a general practitioner over the past two months. weeks.
“The first investigations highlight an active focus of dengue fever in the Belfond district (Sainte-Anne), the other cases being currently considered sporadic”specifies the health organization. “Epidemiological surveillance with laboratories and sentinel doctors has been reinforced, and control interventions have been implemented since February 10, 2023 around confirmed cases, and will continue in the application of the Surveillance, Alert and management of dengue epidemics”he assures in his communicated.
Dengue epidemic: the right actions to avoid mosquitoes
Dengue fever is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It is therefore important to protect yourself against their bites, to eliminate potential breeding sites and to consult a doctor immediately if symptoms of dengue fever appear. That is, if you have fever, chills, body aches, headaches and joint pain after staying in a risk area.
To destroy places favoring the installation of mosquitoes, it is recommended to:
- eliminate stagnant water;
- change the water contained in the vases twice a week;
- cover the water reserves with a mosquito net;
- clean the gutters regularly;
- eliminate unnecessary waste in and around the house;
- put tires and containers that can hold water (buckets, basins, empty flower pots, etc.) out of the rain.
To protect yourself from mosquito bites that can transmit the dengue virus, you must:
- sleep under a mosquito net;
- use repellent products (creams, spray, anti-mosquito lotions);
- have an anti-mosquito racket in order to eliminate the insects present in the room;
- wear long, covering clothing to limit the areas of skin that can be bitten.
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