Dengue fever infects more than 1,300 in Madeira, spreads in Europe | Vaccine News DailyPosted: November 28, 2012
With more than 1,300 cases of dengue fever reported in Madeira since early October, Europe is dealing with its first sustained dengue fever transmission since the 1920s.
The mosquito-borne disease was found elsewhere in Europe in travelers returning from the Portuguese archipelago, including France, Sweden, Portugal, Britain and Germany. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control found that 25 cases of dengue were present in Europe outside of Madeira in a recent assessment, Reuters reports.
“Given the dramatic expansion of endemic dengue transmission globally over the last 20 to 30 years and the high number of visitors to Madeira, the outbreak is large and constitutes a significant public health event,” the ECDC said, according to Reuters.