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Dengue fever in Clapiers, Hérault

MidiLibre/Scoop, Oct 12

A case of dengue fever has been found in Clapiers, Hérault.

Dengue is a disease spread by the dreaded tiger mosquito. According to the Regional Health Authority (ARS), this is an isolated case, and we don’t need to worry. The spokeswoman said they have received around 100 suspected reports of cases since the spring, and this is the first proven case.

The patient in their 70’s was initially treated for flu, when they discovered that it was dengue fever. Symptoms are similar - fever, joint pain, vomiting. The patient has now recovered.

Dengue fever is a disease that is contracted only after being bitten by a tiger mosquito, which must itself carry the virus. It is not contagious and is most often benign. “We are at a stage where we are trying to understand how the virus was able to travel, how this case may have occurred, especially since we are now past the summer season,” the ARS explained.

Another case was also identified this Thursday in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, in the Alpes-Maritimes.

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