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The end of a historical epidemic in Guadeloupe

The teleconference meeting of the Management Committee held on Thursday, May 20th, confirmed the end of the Dengue fever epidemic in Guadeloupe. It is indeed the longest epidemic ever recorded to date on this territory.

It began in October 2019, went through the whole year 2020, to mark the end last March, or 78 weeks in total.

The balance posted by Health Public France reports 23,590 clinically evocative cases, 218 hospitalizations including 3 associated deaths. The phase of low circulation of the virus that characterizes the current situation must be an opportunity for communities, major actors in the fight against the proliferation of mosquitoes, to implement training actions for personnel who can be mobilized in terms of habitat or environmental management. It is essential to take preventive action to reduce the number of breeding sites as much as possible and avoid a resumption of the epidemic.

In addition, ARS teams are working on innovative solutions such as tank nets, new generation traps or the experimentation of the sterile insect technique (TIS) aiming at reducing the populations of mosquitoes vectors of the disease, present in the areas at risk or close to the houses.



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