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Euro Surveill. 2013 Dec 12;18(50):20661.

Autochthonous case of dengue in France, October 2013.

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Regional office of the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (Cire Sud), Marseille, France.


In October 2013, autochthonous dengue fever was diagnosed in a laboratory technician in Bouches-du-Rhone, southern France, a department colonised by Aedes albopictus since 2010. After ruling out occupational contamination, we identified the likely chain of local vector-borne transmission from which the autochthonous case arose. Though limited, this second occurrence of autochthonous dengue transmission in France highlights that efforts should be continued to rapidly detect dengue virus introduction and prevent its further dissemination in France.

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