A Swiss had to be hospitalized urgently in Paris after being infected with the yellow fever virus in French Guiana. What are the risks that the disease spreads?
For the last year, yellow fever has been ravaging Brazil. At least 76 people died. This time, Guyana is affected. We learn this week that a man from Switzerland has been hospitalized urgently in Paris after contracting the virus. Arrived in a state considered "serious", he was operated urgently. "According to the latest news, he is well, he is recovering from his operation because he has undergone a very serious intervention following the contamination by the virus," said Jacques Cartiaux, director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Guyana.
A disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes
The man was not vaccinated against yellow fever. However, vaccination is mandatory ten days before staying or residing in French Guiana. Yellow fever is an acute viral disease, rare and transmitted by an infected mosquito bite. Originally, it comes from an arbovirosis of monkeys of the equatorial forest.
The virus has passed from monkeys to monkeys and mosquitoes. Symptoms in humans include fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, nausea and vomiting. In 15% of cases, the disease takes a serious form and can become fatal, with hemorrhages, liver disorders or kidney disorders. It is called "yellow fever" because of the jaundice that some patients contract.
The second case in twenty years in Guyana
For twenty years, this is the second time a case has been diagnosed in this French territory of South America. Last year, a Brazilian died of the disease. She was not vaccinated either. This year, Canadian researchers have mapped all areas of the world likely to be affected soon. According to them, the yellow fever virus could spread to cities where it has never been seen before. Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Peru and the United States are the countries that could be the most concerned.