Occitania: The tiger mosquito is back in 88% of households in the region, the ARS launches the warning

Occitania, the tiger mosquito’s favorite territory, will enter the enhanced surveillance phase from May 1st to November 30th. 4.9 million inhabitants are affected by this scourge.

They are the hell of our summers and will be under close scrutiny this year. ARS Occitanie is in battle formation against the mosquitoes tiger Before the large population movements summer vacation. Because if they’ve been back in the region for a few weeks, the massive influx of vacationerscombined with the period of insect breedingrepresents a major health risk.

In a press release published on April 28, the agency recalled that tiger mosquitoes are vectors of many diseases and viruses, such as dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus. Hence the importance of activation according to ARS a special plan Prevention and enhanced surveillance from May 1st to November 30th.

4.9 million Occitan affected

During this time, the ARS, with local actors specialized in the topic, will a device based on three main axes. The first is increased surveillance of mosquito populations in the region. It must be said that this is Occitan territory largely infested with mosquitoes.

If 1,964 of the 4,454 communities in the region are populated by insects, i.e. 44% of the cities, they are still part of it 88% of the total population nearly 4.9 million inhabitants.

The tiger mosquito is present on 2/3 of the territory.
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Raise awareness and track cases

The ARS also plans to “raise awareness among people who live in areas where they live these mosquitoes are present and active.” Because mosquitoes multiply among the residents. Out of water floor On a balcony are gardening tools, buckets, etc trash can in the rain or clogged evacuation channels, are factors that favor the development of mosquito larvae.

Especially since mosquitoes travel very little in their short lives! On average, pests develop between 30 and 150 m from their place of birth.

“The fight against these mosquitoes and their larvae is one of the most important means of avoiding the transmission of viruses. It is a reflex to appropriate oneself at home to protect oneself collectively,” recalls the ARS.

Finally, the ARS will conduct increased surveillance of human cases of the diseases that this mosquito can transmit: chikungunya, dengue and zika.

This surveillance mobilizes health workers across the region to promptly report any patient exhibiting symptoms of dengue, chikungunya or Zika to the regional health authority. In case of confirmation of a suspected case and after an entomological examination to prove the presence of tiger mosquitoes, insecticide treatment is organized in the places where the patient passes. ARS OCCITANIA

Despite the low number of cases in the region in 2021 due to the travel restrictions, the ARS still advises those returning from travel to continue Repellents to use a week later her return.

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