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24 Feb 2019 | 11:51 PM UTC

Réunion: Dengue fever outbreak continues /update 13

Réunion News Alert

Outbreak of dengue fever ongoing; 476 cases reported in 2019 as of February 3

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/4/2019, 11:59 PM (Indian/Reunion). COUNTRY/REGION Reunion

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Event

Health officials in the French overseas department (DOM) of Réunion reported 476 confirmed locally acquired cases of dengue fever between January 1 and February 3, representing a 957 percent increase over the same period in 2018. Anti-mosquito efforts continue, particularly in Le Port, Saint-Leu, La Possession, and Saint-Louis

Context

The current outbreak is the largest reported in the department since the 1970s. Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.

Advice

Individuals in Réunion are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites - e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping under mosquito netting or in an air-conditioned room - and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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