By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

ARS Reunion reports the dengue epidemic is accelerating on the island as 758 cases of dengue were confirmed from March 15 to 21.

Since the beginning of the year, 2,648 confirmed cases have been reported, including 308 emergency room visits and 114 hospitalizations of which 19% for a severe form.

Although rare, ophthalmologic manifestations (sudden and sometimes severe loss of sight) have been reported in some patients one week after the onset of the first symptoms of dengue.

Cases have been identified in 20 municipalities: Bras Panon, Saint-Paul, Saint André, Trois Bassins, Saint-Benoit, Saint-Leu, Sainte-Rose, Le Tampon, Salazie, Saint-Philippe, Saint-Denis, L’Etang Salé , Sainte-Marie, Petite Ile, Sainte-Suzanne, La Possession, Le Port, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Louis and Saint-Pierre.

To date, only Dengue serotype 1 has been detected among the confirmed cases.