By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Agence Regionale de Sante Guyane (ARS) reported recently (computer translated) an outbreak of Oropouche virus disease (OROV) in French Guiana, a department of France in South America..
Since August this year, health officials have reported 37 clinically suggestive cases (including 7 confirmed cases out of 9 tested) of Oropouche virus have been detected in the remote town of Saül.
These cases were identified following clinical investigations of an unusually high number of dengue-like illnesses in the village.
A peak of cases was observed in mid-September and the outbreak investigation remains ongoing.
This is the first emergence of the Oropouche virus in French Guiana.
In humans, Oropouche virus it is transmitted primarily through the bite of the Culicoides paraensis midge. No direct transmission of the virus from human to human has been documented.
Oropouche fever causes symptoms similar to those of dengue with an incubation period of 4-8 days (range: 3-12 days). Symptoms include the sudden onset of high fever, headache, myalgia, joint pain, and vomiting. In some patients it can cause clinical symptoms of aseptic meningitis.
In the Americas, outbreaks of Oropouche fever virus have been reported from rural and urban communities of Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.