A new case of indigenous dengue fever in Hautes-Pyrénées

A new case of indigenous dengue has been detected in Rabastens-de-Bigorre in Hautes-Pyrénées. The mosquito control phase has already started on the night of Monday 12th to Tuesday 13th September.

After three cases of dengue were recorded in the town of Anderst, a new infection was discovered in the Hautes-Pyrenees region. This time, near Rabastens-de-Bigorre, about twenty kilometers north of Tarbes.

This is an original case, That is, the infected person did not import the disease from a trip, but was bitten by a tiger mosquito carrying dengue fever at the scene. It is the Regional Health Agency (ARS) that takes the necessary measures in this type of situation. She requested an operation to control mosquitoes.

It all happened so fast“Admits Raynaud Chevalier, Team Leader for Altopictus, a mosquito control company authorized by ARS.”We received the order on Friday afternoon. Since it’s an Aboriginal case, there was an emergency because we know the tiger mosquito is or has been infected in the area.“. Altopictus teams first conducted a field survey on Monday, September 12 in the afternoon. They squared the area where the person was infected, targeting mosquito larvae found in gardens. “We went door to door asking for access to the private gardens. And we found a lot of tiger mosquitoesRenault Chevalier adds.

Then put the mosquito control in place on the night of Monday 12th to Tuesday 13th September. The operation is not dangerous for humans or warm-blooded animals, but it is for aquatic animals. “The insecticide was sprayed on the foliage where the mosquito is restingRenault Chevalier explains.But without applying it intensively, otherwise the mosquito will get used to it and become more resistantThe process took three hours in an area of ​​three hundred square meters around the discovered case.

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