By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports that 18 autochthonous, or locally acquired dengue fever cases have been reported on the continent in two countries–Italy and France.

In Italy, 10 locally acquired cases have been reported in the  Veneto region since the summer. Officials say the probable origin of the primary travel-related case is West Sumatra, Indonesia.

The DEN-1 serotype is the viral strain reported. Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are endemic in the region.

In France, eight total locally transmitted cases were reported in three departments– Hérault (1), Alpes-Maritimes (5) and Var department (2), including a Dutch tourist diagnosed on her return from vacation in Var.

In the past ten years, nearly 60 autochthonous dengue fever cases have been reported.

Aedes aegypti mosquito

ECDC says dengue is not endemic in the EU/EEA and the vast majority of the cases are travelers infected outside of the EU/EEA.  When the environmental conditions are favorable, in areas where Ae. albopictus is established, viremic travel-related cases may generate a local transmission of the virus.

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