After the death of a 35-year-old teacher, the medical profession warns of the dangers of the worst form of the virus: hemorrhagic dengue. Everything can change very quickly, hence the need to consult.
With nearly 1,443 cases over the week of April 12-18, the dengue epidemic is growing in Reunion. A schoolmaster recently died in the South after a complication of the disease. An epidemic that spreads parallel to that of the Covid.
Make a quick diagnosis
At the Saint-Philippe Multidisciplinary University Health Center, patients parry to doctors. Vaccination against Covid, alert for dengue, cross epidemics. The symptoms may look the same, but the causes are different.
On the island, dengue fever is mainly present in its mild form, causing headaches, fever, fatigue, joint pain as well as ophthalmic complications. But for Dr. Jean-Marc Franco we should stay awake and consult at the first symptoms. Dengue fever can indeed develop into a severe, even hemorrhagic form.
“Currently, we have an increase in cases of dengue, Covid 19 and leptospirosis. The three diseases are similar because they start with similar symptoms, a blood test and a Covid test will be needed to make the diagnosis.”
Alarm for hemorrhagic fever of Dengue
For the doctor, we should not wait until the disease becomes more complicated, because dengue hemorrhagic fever can affect patients without a specific pathological cause. In a few days, everything can change, as was the case recently for a 35-year-old teacher from Saint-Joseph.
The benign appearance of dengue has progressed in severe form to hemorrhagic dengue. Victim of a lightning strike at her home, she was taken to the emergency room of the CHU de Saint-Pierre.
Unfortunately, they did not survive, hence the warning issued by the medical profession to detect clinical signs such as a drop in temperature, digestive problems or blood. Symptoms that occur a few days after the onset of dengue fever and the development of fever.
(Re) see the report of Réunion La 1ère:
In the south, a schoolteacher died of dengue hemorrhagic fever
The medical authorities also remind us of the preventive measures: hydrate well and take care to protect yourself from mosquitoes, especially during these periods of heavy rain.