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Health alert triggered after French man contracts dengue fever in Europe

A tiger mosquito has transmitted the dengue fever in Europe for the first time. The insect transmitted the virus in the French city of Nice to a man who had never travelled into a dengue area. Officials claim that this is an “isolated case” and say it poses no threat to public health.

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20 September 2010 11:46 PM

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ACN / Sarah Garrahan

Barcelona (ACN).- A health alert has been triggered after a tiger mosquito transferred dengue fever from South-East Asia to a French man who had never travelled to the zone. Lluís Valerio of the International Health Unit (USI) at the Catalan Institute of Health stated that it is necessary to \u201Ctrigger alarms but not yet activate them\u201D. The French man who has contracted dengue fever was bit by the mosquito in the city of Nice on the French south-eastern coast. According to Valerio, this demonstrates the mosquito\u2019s capacity to transmit the disease and that the priority now should be preventing the insect\u2019s further reproduction. This Monday the French Ministry of Health announced that a tiger mosquito transmitted the disease to a local in the city of Nice after having previously bit someone with dengue fever. Despite the incident, Valerio advised that there is no immediate public health risk in effect.


Valerio added that the Catalan health system is \u201Ccompletely prepared\u201D to attend to cases of dengue fever or any other tropical diseases. Despite the insect being autochthonous, Valeiro says that this case shows that the mosquito has the capacity to transmit diseases from tropical countries. He also assured that the incident in Nice is \u201Ccompletely isolated\u201D and is not an epidemic.

Valerio explained that a tiger mosquito bit the French man after having previously bitten someone with dengue fever, from a virus originally from South-East Asia.  \u201CThis may be the first time this has happened\u201D, he stated.

Preventing the tiger mosquito\u2019s reproduction

Valerio warned that preventing the tiger mosquito\u2019s reproduction in Catalonia is an \u201Cabove all\u201D priority because \u201Cthe Catalan Government cannot go into everyone\u2019s gardens\u201D. He advises citizens to not leave their swimming pools half-full and be on the look out in flowerpots or other spaces where water collects.

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  • A tiger mosquito (by M. López)

  • Lluís Valerio in his ICS lab (by J. Pujolar)

  • A tiger mosquito (by M. López)
  • Lluís Valerio in his ICS lab (by J. Pujolar)
Health alert triggered after French man contracts dengue fever in Europe