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Euro Surveill. 2010 Mar 11;15(10):19509.

Yellow fever and dengue: a threat to Europe?

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  • 1Insects and Infectious Disease Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.


The introduction and rapidly expanding range of Aedes albopictus in Europe is an iconic example of the growing risk of the globalization of vectors and vector-borne diseases. The history of yellow fever and dengue in temperate regions confirms that transmission of both diseases could recur, particularly if Ae. aegypti, a more effective vector, were to be re-introduced. The article is a broad overview of the natural history and epidemiology of both diseases in the context of these risks.

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