The ARS Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region reported recently on two autochthonous, or locally-acquired cases of dengue fever in the Bouches-du-Rhône department.
The cases, residents of the town of Gardanne, did not travel abroad in the 15 days preceding the onset of symptoms.
To prevent the spread of the disease, mosquito control was carried out by the Interdepartmental Agreement for Mosquito Control of the Mediterranean Coast (EID-Med) within a radius of 200 meters in the district where the cases reside (public road, private gardens ). The objective is to eliminate potentially infected adult mosquitoes to prevent them from biting another person in the neighborhood and to eliminate breeding sites.
These mosquito control actions are supplemented by a door-to-door survey in the neighborhood concerned to identify people who may be showing symptoms, inform them of what to do and disseminate prevention messages.
Finally, hospitals, private doctors and medical laboratories in the sectors concerned are also mobilized to take care of and screen people who could present symptoms of dengue fever and report them to the ARS.
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