Hautes-Pyrénées: Two cases of dengue are still confirmed, but the situation is likely to change

The Regional Health Agency (ARS) reports that so far, two cases of indigenous dengue have been confirmed in Hautes-Pyrénées. Both are located in Anderst.

The department’s first authentic case of dengue was identified on August 16, in Anderst. A second case has been reported and confirmed close to the first, still in the town of Anderst. “This is the second case in the chronology of the discovery but it precedes, by a few days, the first reported case,” defines Manon Mordelet, ARS delegate at Hautes-Pyrénées. “They are both in the same period of contamination and infection,” adds Manon Mordelet. The ARS delegate basically explains that for each new confirmed case, the prevention protocol is re-launched: epidemiological investigation, information, mosquito control operations, etc.

Mosquito control operations outside Anderst

This includes tracing the places and people who may have been in contact with an infected person. “We have to do it according to the movements of people, the duration of infection and the period of infection, as well as the breeding and incubation cycle of the mosquitoes. For this reason, for mosquito control operations, there were sometimes oceans beyond andrest. We had residents who were a little surprised in some municipalities, but mosquito control operations adapt to the investigation Epidemiological. The mosquito control perimeter is thus determined to eliminate the adult population of mosquitoes where there is a risk of contamination, that is, where the person went when he was infectious” defines Manon Mordelet. It is necessary to carry out two mosquito-control operations, at night, one on D1 and the other on D5. Thus, in Anderst, the first mosquito control operation was carried out on the night of August 21-22 by the operator Altopictus, commissioned by ARS Occitanie. A second anti-mosquito operation was carried out on the night of 25 to 26 August over a wider circumference, still in Anderst. In addition, the concerned locals received, on August 23, a means of information directly in their mailboxes. An epidemiological investigation was conducted with them on August 25. Three teams of agents from ARS and Public Health France conducted a door-to-door survey of more than a hundred people living in this area. This approach aims to identify potential new suspected cases and provide all relevant local populations with individual prevention and protection information.
Regarding this process, we are still waiting for the results of the samples taken. There, in absolute numbers, has the situation developed, no, is it likely to change in the coming hours, yes,” concludes the ARS delegate.

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