Since March 31, 2019, nine cases of dengue have been reported in Maiote. Of the reported cases, 6 of them had recently traveled to a virus circulation area (Réunion and East Africa).
However, 3 newly notified cases have not reported recent trips out of the territory and therefore were contaminated locally in Mayotte. Complementary analyzes are under way, but this epidemiological situation, with the appearance of autochthonous cases, may indicate an early circulation of the virus on the island.
In this context of the reappearance of dengue, and in view of the epidemic situation that has been raging since 2018 on the island of Réunion, the Mayotte prefecture and ARS Indian Ocean recommend that the population be vigilant and take the necessary precautions to avoid contracting the disease and transmit it to other people.
The Right Actions to Fight Dengue
Faced with this situation, the Mayotte City Council and the ARS Indian Ocean wish to remember preventive measures to protect themselves against dengue, protect their entourage and prevent the spread of the disease in the territory.
Gesture # 1 : "I protect myself from mosquito bites"
The most effective ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites are to apply skin repellents and use mosquito nets for babies and bedridden people. The dengue mosquito is active during the day and especially in the morning and evening.
Gesture # 2 : "I eliminate stagnant water"
Mosquitoes multiply by placing their eggs in containers and objects containing water. In order to fight against the proliferation of mosquitoes, it is necessary to suppress these breeding grounds, or to empty them every week.
Gesture # 3 : "I consult a doctor in case of symptoms"
The symptoms that should lead to your doctor's appointment are: high fever, headache, muscle and / or joint pain, feeling tired.
The physician will be able to establish a rapid diagnosis and ensure proper management to limit severe forms.
If the mosquito bites a sick person, it becomes a contaminant and can transmit the disease to a healthy person. For this reason, people suffering from dengue should be especially protected from mosquito bites.