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French health officials reported two confirmed autochthonous chikungunya cases earlier this month, according to an ARS news release (computer translated).

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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.

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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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