Tiger mosquitoes: health authorities give the alert as the summer season approaches

Particularly present in Occitania, the tiger mosquito is the subject of a monitoring plan by the Regional Health Agency.

The return of fine weather brings with it a considerable presence of tiger mosquitoes, which, at the height of the summer period, concerns 88% of the territory in Occitania (i.e. 5.5 million people). Thus, as every year, the ARS announces the launch of an enhanced surveillance system for the 1er May to November 30 in a press release.

Departments where the tiger mosquito is present.
ARS Occitania

This surveillance system is based on three areas: surveillance of mosquito populations, public awareness and medical surveillance of any cases of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes to humans.

Disease risks

The insect is indeed a carrier of several diseases that can be transmitted to humans such as dengue, chikungunya or the Zika virus. The ARS monitoring plan provides for immediate reporting if one of these diseases is discovered and “an insecticide treatment in the places where the patient passes”.

Health authorities are also alerting travelers in the tropics : “Be vigilant on site and on your return. Consult your doctor in case of symptoms (sudden fever, joint pain, body aches, and/or rashes, etc.) up to a week after your trip, informing him of your trip and place of stay “.

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