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Monday, September 20, 2010

France Finds Second Case of Dengue Fever Transmitted by Tiger Mosquito

Via Bloomberg, excerpt, France finds dengue case number 2 :

" France found a second case of dengue fever transmitted locally by an Asian tiger mosquito, suggesting the disease may take hold as the insect settles on the European continent.

The patient, a resident of Nice on the French Riviera, has recovered, according to the region’s health department. The first case of local infection was found Sept. 13, also in Nice, and “is an important public health event” because it’s the first time that natural transmission of the dengue virus has been reported in continental Europe since 1927-1928, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement on its website."

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