In a follow-up on the local transmission of dengue fever in Spain, a young man from Barcelona was diagnosed with dengue fever in Catalonia earlier this month. The patient had no recent travel history.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

Health authorities have reported that this first autochthonous case in Catalonia and the sixth in Spain. However, they have assured that the risk of transmission of the disease is now low because it is not a time of mosquito proliferation, according to a TeleCinco report (computer translated).

The only competent vector for the transmission of the virus in Spain is the Aedes albopictus (tiger mosquito).

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Dengue is a viral disease spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles, and minor bleeding. If you are bitten by an infected mosquito, symptoms can take up to 2 weeks to develop but usually last less than a week. In severe cases, symptoms may include hemorrhage, shock, organ failure, and death.