Since January 1, 2023, 177 cases have been recorded, the fight continues
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Since January 1, 2023, 177 cases have been recorded, the fight continues

Let’s avoid mosquitoes in cemeteries

  • Published October 25, 2023 at 2:59 pm.

  • Updated October 25, 2023 3:18 pm.

In Reunion, it is during the summer that dengue fever intensifies. But although the heat continues this year, very few cases of the disease have been recorded. As of October 25, 2023, the Regional Health Agency notes 177 cases of the disease versus 1,152 cases in 2022 for the same period. Of these cases, nine required hospitalization. From October 2 to October 15, two cases of dengue fever were recorded. However, the persistence of the virus on the island and its geographic spread still raise concerns about a resurgence of the epidemic with the arrival of summer and associated rains. Even if dengue fever remains mild, it is still present and vigilance is required as All Hallows’ Day approaches (Illustrative photo: rb/www.imazpress.com)

Cemeteries are places conducive to the development of mosquitoes: stagnant water in vases and flower pots. Every year on the occasion of All Saints’ Day, high traffic and renewing flowers in vases or watering plants in pots and cups make cemeteries a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

By adopting simple gestures towards flowering graves, we can all prevent cemeteries from becoming major mosquito breeding centers and therefore prevent the transmission of dengue fever, while maintaining respect for these places of contemplation.

Furthermore, in addition to the public health measures already taken by the municipality, ARS La Réunion wishes to raise awareness among the population of the importance of using wet sand in vases, leaving no room for rain and water. flowers in pots. Bouquets can also be placed directly on the grave by removing the plastic wrapping that may retain rainwater.

It is these actions by everyone that will help limit the spread of the dengue virus on the island, especially during this season when weather conditions are increasingly conducive to the spread of mosquitoes.

On All Saints’ Day, municipal services distribute sand in cemeteries. In addition, posters will be put up to remind the public of acts of kindness.


– Reminder of actions to be taken –

If you are using cut flowers:

· Replace water in vases with wet sand up to the rim of the container.

· Remove plastic wrapping before placing flower bouquets on the grave.

If you are using potted plants:

· Remove cups from under pots

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