France prepares for Olympics influx as ‘dengue detectives’ hunt for tiger mosquitoes

As France gears up to host the Olympics this summer, there is a growing concern about the spread of dengue fever in the country. The warmer temperatures have led to an increase in mosquito-borne diseases, prompting health authorities to take action.

To prevent a potential outbreak, France has deployed its team of “dengue detectives” who are tasked with tracking down disease hotspots and mosquito eggs. These detectives are focused on controlling the spread of the virus in French cities, especially in areas expected to host large gatherings during the Olympics.

The Greater Paris Regional Health Agency has launched a campaign to monitor mosquito numbers by setting up nesting traps that will be regularly analyzed. The main target of these efforts is the Aedes albopictus, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, which thrives in the warm and humid conditions of urban areas like Paris.

With over 15 million visitors expected to flock to Paris for the Olympics, authorities are implementing stricter controls in popular gathering spots to prevent the transmission of dengue. Symptoms of the disease include high fever, headaches, and nausea, and severe cases can be fatal if not detected early.

The increased alert level for dengue comes after France dealt with a bedbug infestation in public transport networks last year. Data analytics firm Airfinity has warned of a significant rise in locally transmitted dengue cases in France by 2030 due to climate change.

Health officials are closely monitoring the situation and urging the public to report any potential outbreaks early. In addition to setting up traps with human-like odors to attract mosquitoes, authorities are advising Parisians to eliminate stagnant water in their surroundings to prevent mosquito breeding.

The threat of vector-borne diseases like dengue is on the rise globally, and France is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors during the upcoming Olympics. Stay informed about the latest developments by subscribing to The Broadsheet newsletter.

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