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SLA calls for vigilance against the tiger mosquito in Lyon and its region

SLA calls for vigilance against the tiger mosquito in Lyon and its region

The tiger mosquito is “well established and active” in 10 districts of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. The regional health agency states that everyone can participate in the fight against this potentially disease-carrying insect.

Coming from Southeast Asia, the tiger mosquito takes root a little more every year in the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes region. So far, only two divisions have been saved: Allier and Haute Loire. Reassuring fact: No case of dengue fever, Zika or Chikungunya was identified due to contamination in the region by the Regional Health Agency in 2020. On the other hand, 108 cases of dengue fever and two cases of chikungunya were recorded among those returning from travel.

Areas colonized by the tiger mosquito in Auvergne Rhone-Alpes. Data from January 2021. Map taken from ANSES reporting platform.

ARS calls on individuals to be vigilant, and encourages them to report the presence of the tiger mosquito Dedicated platform. Small black and white striped mosquito, this insect is quite recognizable. It lives in urban and semi-urban areas, near stagnant waters. Once born, its radius does not exceed 100 to 150 meters. Once an outbreak is reported, ARS steps in by destroying breeding sites and informing communities. They also create nesting traps to limit the spread of the tiger mosquito.

ARS offers some tips to reduce the transplantation of the tiger mosquito in its garden or home: “Empty cups, clean gutters, cover water tanks, and prevent stagnation of water in deserted ponds.”

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