A few weeks after the first locally acquired dengue fever case was recorded in Var Department in southeast France, a second case has been confirmed in a young man in the southern city of Toulon, according to an RFI report Saturday.


The man’s first symptoms were noticed on 3 September and reported on 6 September, Doctor Francis Charlet told a press conference on Friday. He has recovered from the illness and has been released.

Health authorities say there is no link between the two cases.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Looking for a job in health care? Check here to see what’s available

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.