The Prince’s Government has initiated a mosquito surveillance system to monitor and control the spread of the Aedes albopictus mosquito, commonly known as the tiger mosquito. This mosquito, a vector for viral diseases like dengue fever, has colonised the region since arriving in nearby Menton in 2004.

Due to the rising dengue cases in the PACA region, the Department of Social Affairs and Health is implementing this system to detect the presence of viruses and initiate targeted interventions if needed. Mosquito sampling instruments have been placed in strategic public areas across the Principality. Weekly sample analyses will ensure the absence of arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

Residents are advised to use mosquito repellents, nets, and insecticides to prevent transmission, especially if they exhibit dengue symptoms like high fever, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. In such cases, consulting a doctor for a rapid diagnostic test is recommended. Dengue fever is a notifiable disease in Monaco, requiring doctors and laboratories to report cases to the Health Action Directorate for prompt preventive action.

Featured image: Tiger mosquito