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Dengue in France - Update 2

28 Sep 2022

French public health authorities report continued transmission of dengue fever in southern France. Forty-seven cases have been reported between mid-June 2022 and 23 September 2022.

Locations that have been affected in 2022 are:

  • Pyrénées Orientales (Perpignan): 1 case in mid-June.
  • Hautes-Pyrénées (Andrest and Rabastens): 4 cases between mid-July and the end of August.
  • Haute-Garonne (La Salvetat-Saint-Gilles): 4 cases in the second half of August.
  • Var (Fayence): 7 cases between the end of June and the end of July.
  • Alpes-Maritimes (Saint-Jeannet, Gattières, Gaude and Saint-Laurent-du-Var): 31 cases between early August and 20 September.

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.