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25 Nov 2018 | 09:25 PM UTC

France: Seven locally-acquired dengue cases reported as of mid-November /update 2

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At least seven locally-acquired dengue cases reported in Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Hérault as of mid-November

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/25/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/2/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Alpes-Maritimes, Herault, Alpes-Maritimes

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Health authorities have confirmed a total of seven locally-acquired cases of dengue fever in Saint-Laurent-du-Var and Hérault as of mid-November. In addition, at least 172 imported dengue cases have been reported since January 1. The first indigenous case of dengue fever was confirmed on October 4. Although the risk of developing an outbreak is limited, authorities are closely monitoring the situation and carrying out actions to control mosquito breeding in the area.


Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease found mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.


Individuals present in France are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing and using insect repellent). 


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