Slight increase in the number of dengue fever cases

With summer approaching in Australia and weather conditions more favorable for the spread of mosquitoes, Reunionese are encouraged to continue protecting themselves from their bites in order to avoid contracting dengue fever.

Dengue status as of 12 October 2022

Since January 1, 2022

  • 1163 confirmed cases*

    29,609 cases in 2021 in the same period
  • 60 hospital admissions*

    1185 in 2021 in the same period
  • 185 emergency visits*

    4141 in 2021 in the same period
  • Two deaths directly related to dengue fever

    20 in 2021 in the same period

    * (after merging data)

(Public Health Data France Reunion, ARS)

During the period in question, the cases were distributed to 10 municipalities:

  • salt pool
  • oars
  • small island
  • Saint Andrew
  • Saint-Denis
  • Saint Joseph
  • Saint Leo
  • Saint Louis
  • Saint Paul
  • Saint Pierre

Recommendations to protect yourself from mosquito bites and dengue fever

Get rid of and empty standing water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes: everything that can have water in the house and around your house: cups, small bowls, gutters, tires, etc.

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

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

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

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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 condition, especially between the fourth and eighth day of illness,

Consult your doctor or emergency service in his absence if your health deteriorates.

To fight the spread of dengue fever, let’s adopt the right gestures for Halloween:

– for cut flowers, replace the water in the vases with wet sand to the edge of the pot,

For potted plants, do not place the cup under it.

Cemeteries are favorable places for mosquito breeding, protect yourself!

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