Dengue Fever: A Major Cleanup at St. Louis Cemeteries

Three days. Three tombs. About thirty employees. Vector control against the tiger mosquito was launched in St. Louis to try to contain the currently rampant epidemic. A shocking measure that falls within the broader framework of the dengue control plan.


Heavy rain. Gloomy weather continues. An ideal stage for developing breeding sites. Especially in cemeteries. This is what prompted the fieldwork that began Monday, April 19 in St. Louis.

About thirty municipal employees stormed the town’s three cemeteries. Aim, track down Aedes albino. The famous tiger mosquito. The dengue virus vector that is actively circulating in 23 of the 24 municipalities of Reunion.

Three days three graves. The big clean-up started in Bel Air, Jules and the Riviere St. Louis to hunt mosquitoes.



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The first stop, the cemetery in the Bel Air region. Teams of greenery take turns pruning trees, cutting the lawn, and cleaning the grass near the graves … During this time, those in charge of prevention are exploring all of the potential breeding grounds by emptying their vases and cups. Others work hard with their devices loaded with larvicide products to kill mosquitoes.

Dengue larvicide products of St. Louis

As teams prune trees and clean the area around the graves, larvicide products are sprayed to kill mosquitoes.



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The operation will continue at the Père Lagfosse Cemetery in Le Gol, then at the Rivière Saint-Louis Cemetery. The same procedure every time, to prevent mosquitoes from finding new outlets for development.

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A broad plan to combat dengue fever

About thirty employees were mobilized to handle the three sites. On Juliana Madoyoma, Mayor of St. Louis, “This work is part of the dengue control plan that we launched in the city.”. Collect abandoned car wrecks in partnership with SEVIS, Clean Up Barren Lands.“The municipality of St. Louis is not the hardest hit by the dengue epidemic, but we decided to fight this virus actively.” Juliana explains Mdoyoma, who thinks mosquito control is essential to reduce the effect of this phenomenon.

Report by Isabel Allan and Daniel Benard

We prune and flip … we clean cemeteries in St. Louis to fight dengue fever

Through these measures, the goal is also to educate the population about the importance of each person in this mosquito hunt. Sharing as many as possible, along with the correct actions to be performed at home, which should ultimately allow mosquitoes to defeat. And by the consequences, dengue fever.

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