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Dengue in France: Bouches-du-Rhone

14 Aug 2023

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports 2 cases of dengue in the south of France. The cases are resident of Gardanne, near Marseille in the Bouches-du-Rhone depoartment.

Neither person had travelled abroad and they are thought to have been infected in the local area. Mosquito control activities are underway.

Advice for Travellers

Dengue is an infection spread by mosquito bites that can cause a severe flu-like illness. It has occurred in France in recent years.

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.