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French Health ministers, Roselyne Bachelot, and for Overseas, Marie-Luce Penchard, are expected today in the Antilles where a dengue fever epidemic has already caused 18 deaths and registered, in the month of August, an average of 4,000 cases a week in the Islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. "The goal of the visit is to adopt the necessary measures to contain the epidemic", said officials, in response to criticism of local authorities in regard to the lack of action taken by health officials in "sensitising" the population in the prevention and elimination of the epidemic carried by the 'Aede Aegypti' mosquito. "The impression is that the epidemiological surveillance is currently not sufficient, as also the protection of the people most at risk of infection. We need more personnel mobilised", said the president of the regional council of Guadeloupe, Victorin Lurel. The Superior council of audiovision of the Island was authorised to air TV messages of prevention. The dengue fever, for which there is no vaccine, has so far infected 29,200 in Martinique and 33,000 in Guadeloupe: for the moment there have been no cases of hemorrhagic fever reported, more lethal in respect to the 'classic' form.