From 1 to 14 November, 22 cases of dengue were confirmed in Reunion. In recent weeks, the number of cases has remained low, at about ten cases per week. Nine municipalities are still concerned.

The dengue epidemic is now weakly spread in Reunion. From November 1 to 14, only 22 cases of dengue were confirmed. In recent weeks, the number of cases has remained low, at about ten cases per week.

The county indicates thatVector control measures implemented by the ARS teams, associated with weather conditions less favorable for the development of mosquitoes, made it possible to significantly reduce the transmission of the virus.“.

Fear of healing with summer

Nine municipalities have been affected by the epidemic: the virus is spread mainly in Saint-Pierre and Saint-Denis, but isolated cases have also been identified in Saint-Paul, Saint-Louis, Entry-Duces, Le Tambon, La Possession, Petite-Ile and Selassie. However, a cluster of cases (a dengue outbreak) was not identified during the period.

Despite these ultimately reassuring figures, the health authorities nevertheless doubt that the epidemic will resume with the onset of summer. In this context, the people of Réunion are encouraged to be vigilant by protecting themselves from dengue, mosquitoes and disease vectors (insect repellents, long clothing, mosquito nets, etc.) and removing all breeding sites (anything that may contain water) around their home.

Dengue numbers since January 1

  • 29,781 confirmed cases (after data integration)
  • 1140 hospitalizations
  • 4133 emergency visits
  • 20 deaths directly related to dengue fever

Recommendations for fighting dengue fever

  • protect yourself from mosquito bites, including for the seven days after the onset of symptoms to protect those around you;
  • Continue to protect yourself, even if you have previously had dengue; Dengue fever can be spread by many serotypes and infection with one serotype does not protect against attack by another.
  • Get rid of breeding grounds (mosquito nests): Vacuum anything that may contain water around your house, check gutters, etc.
  • Consult a doctor if symptoms appear: fever, headache, muscle/joint pain, nausea, vomiting, etc., and take the sample at the medical analysis laboratory prescribed by your doctor to confirm the diagnosis of dengue.
  • If you are sick with dengue fever: continue to protect yourself from mosquito bites and monitor your health, especially between the fourth and eighth days of illness, and consult your doctor or emergency department if your health deteriorates.
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