With the hot weather, the tiger mosquito returns, and “it is now 67% of the territory” where the species is declared “officially established and active”, notes the Vigilance Moustiques site.
67 departments are therefore placed on red alert, which means that the tiger mosquito is “established and active” in these territories. Among them, Haute-Garonne is concerned.
Six departments on orange alert
Note that six departments are in orange vigilance, that is to say that the tiger mosquito has been “intercepted punctually in the last 5 years”, notes Vigilance Moustiques. These are Allier, Loir et Cher, Haute Loire, Oise, Yonne and Val d’Oise.
In all, 70 departments are colonized or in the process of being so, “nearly 67% of the territory” of France. Vigilance Moustiques finally specifies that “the departments which are in orange vigilance sooner or later switch to red vigilance.”
As a reminder, the sting of theaedes albopictus, said “tiger mosquito”, can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya or the Zika virus. The species is recognizable by its black and white stripes.