Local health authorities have confirmed a total of six locally-acquired cases of dengue fever inSaint-Laurent-du-Var (Alpes-Maritimes department), as of October 24. The first indigenous case of dengue fever was confirmed on October 4. Although the risk of developing an epidemic is limited, authorities are closely monitoring the situation and carrying out actions to control mosquito breeding in the area.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease found mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.
Individuals present in Alpes-Maritimes department are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing and using insect repellent).
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