Dengue fever has arrived in Nîmes
After two native dengue fever cases were recorded in October in Clapiers and Montpellier in Hérault, the phenomenon has now arrived in the Gard.
A case was diagnosed on Saturday in Nîmes, but the patient is out of danger.
The Gard is the second department of the Occitanie region to be confronted with this problematic situation.
Dengue is a generally benign disease whose symptoms, similar to those of the flu (high fever, joint pain, vomiting), can be temporarily disabling.
This disease is transmitted through a tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) previously infected by the virus.
Since the beginning of the seasonal surveillance period, the vast majority of cases reported at the national level are "imported" cases, linked to travellers returning to France. A case is said to be "aboriginal" when a person gets the disease without having travelled to a contaminated area within 15 days of the onset of symptoms.
Good habits to adopt against mosquitoes
The authorities cannot fight alone against mosquito-borne diseases, so you should be acting to limit the proliferation of mosquitoes around your garden.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites by covering up, and using products to repel them. Talk to your local pharmacist, and there are natural repellents as well as the heavy-duty poisons.
Remove stagnent water, because that is where they lay their eggs. So don’t leave water standing in plant pots - remove the saucers, or fill them with sand. Check the flow of water in your gutters, keep old tyres out of the rain, or any object that can hold water.
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