An epidemiologist warns of epidemics that could appear after the Olympics

An epidemiologist warns of epidemics that could appear after the Olympics
An epidemiologist warns of epidemics that could appear after the Olympics

Covid-19 seems a distant memory and yet… The infectious disease specialist at the AP-HP infectious and tropical diseases department, Éric Caumes, interviewed by the media 20 minutesalerts to new viral dangers.

A context conducive to new health dangers

Between viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks or even sexually transmitted infections, epidemics “are waiting for us” warns Professor Éric Caumes. Although it is impossible to predict the arrival of these numerous viruses, the infectious disease specialist is certain that viral diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya, will develop. With a climate conducive to the tiger mosquito, it is of course the south of France which is the most vulnerable, but the infectious disease specialist points out that “ there were already local cases of dengue last year in the Paris region, in Limeil-Brévannes”. In addition, Public Health France data from April 2024 identify nine sources of transmission for a total of 45 cases of dengue infected in France. According to Eric Caumes, “as soon as the heat arrives, the epidemic risk will start”. We could assume that this would happen in the middle of August, when 15 million visitors are expected for the Olympics.

Viruses to watch out for

The viruses which worry the infectious disease specialist and which are likely to develop are: . There dengue fever ; . THE chikungunya ; . THE West Nile virus (…)

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