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Tiger mosquito prevention in the Var department

The first case of Chikungunya was been reported in the Var by the Regional Agency of Health. With the Chikungunya disease already confirmed in more than 60 countries of the world, public authorities of the Var department have identified the first case in the region. It is the only case reported here to date and no imported case of Chikungunya has been confirmed.

The first case of Chikungunya was been reported in the Var by the Regional Agency of Health (Agence Regional de Santé) of the Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the Prefecture of the Var department last week. The affected resident has been treated and is reportedly in a stable condition. While it remains an isolated incident, hospitals, medical professionals and laboratories have been alerted to identify patients who could present symptoms of the disease, which commonly include high fever and disabling joint pain.

The Var has taken a tough stance against mosquito-borne diseases, releasing a set of recommendations to limit the spread of the invasive species:

1.       Avoid mosquito proliferation: remove all stagnant water to reduce tiger mosquito reproduction. For flower pots: remove the water completely, fill them in with sand or cover them with mosquito nets. Change the water in vases frequently throughout the week. Ensure there is no build-up of water in gutters or on shelters, and empty out any outside objects that might fill with rainwater. Also, pay attention to natural deposits such as hollows of trees and puddles. 

2.       Protect yourself and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insecticides. Sleeping under  mosquito nets and using electric diffusers inside homes are also recommended. 

Immediately see your doctor in case of symptoms especially when returning from a tropical trip.

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Claire Davis