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Dengue Cases Rise to 485: Time to Protect Yourself



Dengue Cases Rise to 485: Time to Protect Yourself

Cases of dengue continue to rise in Mauritius, with 485 officially reported since December 11th. The current epidemic appears to be more significant than those in previous years, with 49 new cases detected on February 5th alone.

The Port Louis region and surrounding areas remain the most affected, with 217 cases and 134 active cases. Other affected regions include the North, Port Louis West and Plaines Wilhems. Total recorded cases range from 1 to 10 outside of these areas.

Most active cases are in isolation at home or receiving treatment in hospitals or clinics. The new HPV vaccination campaign launched on February 5th at MGI. Dengue is a serious mosquito-borne viral disease that can lead to severe fever, muscle pain and possibly death.

Symptoms include fever, headache, joint pain, and a rash. Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, which predominantly bites during the day. The prevention of mosquito bites is key to reducing the risk of dengue.

Preventative measures include wearing long sleeves, trousers and mosquito repellent. Travellers to areas affected by dengue should also take precautions. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

The public has been advised to be vigilant and to report any suspected cases to their nearest health centre.

Source: Defi Media

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