96 cases of dengue confirmed in Réunion

The situation remains stable. Let’s continue to apply the right gestures!

From 7 March to 20 March, 91 cases of dengue were reported (compared to 72 cases recorded from 21 February to 6 March after the data were combined). The new cases are mainly located in the south (46%) and the west (44%). Although the number of visits to the emergency room is on the rise, activity is still weaker this year compared to the past three years in the same period. The epidemiological situation at the present time still corresponds to the period of the epidemic.

In this period of favorable rains for mosquito development and disease transmission, Reunionese are encouraged to continue daily prevention measures:

remove anything that may contain water,

protect yourself from mosquitoes (mosquito repellents, bed nets),

Consult a doctor immediately at the first symptoms appear.

Since January 1, 2022

600 confirmed cases

5 hospital admissions

45 emergency visits

Dengue status as of March 30, 2022

(Public Health Data France Reunion, ARS)

During the relevant period, dengue fever cases were recorded

distributed as follows:

– South (46.1% of cases):

Saint-Pierre, Le Tambon, Saint Joseph, Saint Louis

West (44% of cases):

La Position, Little Island, Saint Lo, Le Port, Saint Paul

– North (6.6% of cases):

Saint-Denis, Saint Mary

East (3.3% of cases):

Saint Susan, Saint Andre

In addition, a cluster of cases has been identified in Saint-Pierre (Basse Terre les Hauts).

vector control

The SDIS and ARS La Réunion teams are mobilized on a daily basis to carry out door-to-door interventions and treatments. Their tasks consist of:

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inform and educate the public about preventive measures;

remove breeding sites (anything that can contain water) in yards and parks with residents;

Carry out daytime insecticide treatments in the most affected areas in order to eliminate mosquitoes likely to transmit dengue fever.

Since the upgrade to ORSEC Level 3 in March 2018, the SDIS has been involved with ARS teams in the fight against dengue.

Recommendations to protect yourself from mosquito bites and dengue fever

protect yourself, including for the seven days after the onset of symptoms to protect those around you (mosquito repellents, mosquito nets, etc.);

Continue to protect yourself, even if you have already had dengue fever before; Many serotypes of dengue can be spread and infection with one serotype does not protect against attack by another.

Getting rid of standing water and emptying it from mosquito breeding sites:

Anything that can have water in your home and all over your home…

Consult a doctor when the first symptoms appear: fever, headache, muscle/joint pain, nausea, vomiting… and take the sample in the medical laboratory prescribed by your doctor to confirm the diagnosis of dengue fever.

If you are sick with dengue fever:

– Continue to protect yourself from mosquito bites to avoid transmitting the disease to those around you and to monitor your health, especially between the fourth and eighth days of illness.

Consult your doctor or emergency service if your health condition deteriorates.

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