French health officials reported two confirmed autochthonous chikungunya cases earlier this month, according to an ARS news release (computer translated).
The cases were reported in the department of Var in Southern France.
The first case who lives in Cannet-des-Maures in the Var district and works in the Alpes-Maritimes district had onset of symptoms on 1 August. The diagnostic was confirmed by two PCR tests on 9 an 11 August. The second case, a 67-year-old neighbor of the first case, had onset of symptoms on 8 August and was confirmed on 14 August.
There is no recent report of imported chikungunya cases in the Var or Alpes-Maritimes districts that could account for the introduction of the virus in the area.
In 2014, France reported 12 locally transmitted chikungunya cases in the town of Montpellier.
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