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Dengue in France - Update 1 (Hautes-Pyrenees, Haute-Garonne & Alpes-Maritimes)

06 Sep 2022

French public health authorities report continued transmission of dengue in southern France in August 2022.

  • Andrest (Hautes-Pyrénées): 2 cases of dengue were identified during the first half of August 2022.
  • La Salvetat-Saint-Gilles (Haut-Garonne): there were 2 cases of dengue whose symptoms began in the last fortnight of August.
  • St Jeannet (Alpes-Maritimes): there were 5 dengue cases whose symptoms began between 7 August 2022 and 18 August 2022.

Dengue fever is an infection found in tropical and subtropical climates worldwide. It is spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness. A small number of cases is seen in southern Europe (including France) each year. 

There is no vaccine against dengue licensed in the UK. 

Advice for Travellers

The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk.  They are particularly persistent and aggressive.

If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.

If you develop a high temperature (fever) either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.

For further information see the dengue fever page.