“Dengue fever” alarm in Martinique and Guadeloupe, France

There has recently been a major increase in the dengue fever epidemic in Martinique and Guadeloupe, France’s overseas territories in the Indian Ocean.

According to the data of the French Public Health Agency, 770 dengue fever cases were recorded in Martinique and 600 in Guadeloupe between 23 August and 3 September. Hospitals on the two islands, where dengue fever cases increased in mid-July, were filled due to intense applications. 6 people have died in two regions since January due to the epidemic. Authorities have been on alert due to the recent increase in cases.

dengue fever Dengue fever virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes. The disease, which generally causes a mild fever after the incubation period, can be fatal in some cases. Cases increase in June and September, and December and March, generally known as the rainy seasons. Scientists state that high temperatures and prolonged rains cause an increase in mosquitoes carrying malaria and dengue fever. Since the mosquito species that transmits the disease creates larvae in puddles, garbage puddles need to be constantly disinfected, especially in industrial environments.

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