7 departments placed on maximum alert in France

7 departments placed on maximum alert in France
7 departments placed on maximum alert in France

The tiger mosquito continues to gain territory across France. Val-de-Marne has just been placed on purple alert, due to the significant proliferation of this insect. A worrying situation, all the more so with the flow of tourists preparing to reach Île-de-France during the Olympics period.

In total, seven departments have gone into purple vigilance, which represents the highest level of alert, according to the Vigilance Moustique website. These are, in this case, the Pyrénées-Orientales, Val-de-Marne, Gard, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Hérault and Drôme.

Being a vector of diseases, the tiger mosquito can carry numerous viruses, which can cause large-scale contamination, involving cases of so-called autochthonous diseases, such as chikungunya or dengue, which are breaking records in France. . According to figures from Public Health France, 2,264 imported cases, mainly from the Antilles, were recorded between January 1 and May 14, 2024.

Currently, the tiger mosquito is present in 74 departments, or nearly 90% of French territory, according to Vigilance Moustique. With the arrival of the 2024 Olympic Games, Vigilance Moustique is concerned about the increase in imported cases of diseases that can be transmitted through this insect. In terms of appearance, this product is smaller than a penny, according to the news site.

It is characterized by its black color and white stripes. Being one of the most invasive species, this insect has the habit of taking up residence in water reservoirs. Therefore, it is recommended to remove any artificial water reservoirs, such as vases, blocked gutters or flower pot cups, to avoid attracting it.

What to do in case of a tiger mosquito bite?

The Regional Health Agency (ARS) launched a surveillance campaign on May 1. Lhe goal is to limit the impact of the proliferation of the tiger mosquito on the health of the inhabitants of Île-de-France, in particular with the Olympic Games approach. According to the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES), it is recommended to report the presence of this insect on the signalement-moustique.fr website.

In the event of a sting, it is normal to feel a strong itch and to notice the appearance of a red spot. The itching may then stop or reappear over the following days. However, if other symptoms appear, such as fever, headache, joint and muscle pain or nausea, it is recommended to consult your doctor immediately.

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