The Ministry of Health returned to the fight against viral diseases transmitted by the tiger mosquito. And this, by revealing the surveillance system put in place for this purpose.
In a press release made public this Monday, July 18, the department of Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid returned to the presence of the tiger mosquito in Algeria. And unveiled the monitoring system put in place to fight against the diseases it transmits.
The Ministry of Health explained that “the presence of the tiger mosquito in Algeria does not mean the automatic presence of diseases that it can carry”. Adding the fact that “dengue fever, chikungunya and zika are not present in our country”. Thus, the Ministry stressed that “there is no reason to speak of an alert at this stage”.
Moreover, the same press release recalled that “this mosquito has been present in Algeria since 2010 and that it lives in stagnant water and in urban and semi-urban areas”. Noting its aggressive character and the fact that “it bites during the day, especially at dawn, and often outside houses between May and November”.
Tiger mosquito in Algeria: what surveillance system is in place?
The press release from Minister Benbouzid’s department revealed that the system for monitoring and combating arboviruses transmitted by the tiger mosquito is active from May 1 to November 30.
According to the same source, “this device provides for measures allowing surveillance and aimed at preventing the appearance of local cases”. And this, through “the early detection of imported cases, the monitoring of the evolution of invasive mosquitoes”. As well as “the rapid and coordinated implementation of measures to protect people”.
The system of the Ministry of Health is built along three main axes. First, “entomological surveillance which aims to detect the presence of the tiger mosquito and its monitoring in order to slow down the progression of its geographical establishment and to lower the density of its population”.
Then, “epidemiological surveillance to detect, early on, and report, without delay, suspected imported cases as well as laboratory-confirmed cases”. Finally, “vector control through mosquito control and social mobilization”.
The Ministry of Health also recommended “the adoption of the usual protective measures against mosquitoes”. In particular the consultation of a doctor in the event of suggestive signs. As well as the removal of stagnant water that favors its reproduction.