Martinique’s prefecture has announced that the French-speaking Caribbean Island, which has seen a sharp spike in dengue fever cases, has entered the epidemic phase of the mosquito-borne disease.
As a result, there is a significant mobilisation to destroy mosquito breeding sites.
According to local reports, since the beginning of 2023, health authorities have identified 3,000 cases suggestive of dengue.
And they have confirmed 690.
However, between July 17 and August 7, the Regional Health Agency identified 139 cases, most of which occurred in the community of Trois Ilets.
Martinique health officials have urged residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites, eliminate breeding grounds, and immediately seek medical attention if they experience symptoms of dengue fever.
A sudden onset of fever accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms characterises dengue fever :
- jointever and/or muscle pain
- feeling of great fatigue