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Dengue in Italy: Rome and Lombardy

24 Aug 2023

Media quoting public health authorities in Italy have reported cases of locally-transmitted dengue in Rome and Lombardy since the start of August 2023. None of the cases had travelled abroad.

In Rome, a case was identified on 11 August 2023. It is thought that he became infected in either the 9th District of Rome, or in the 14th District, possibly in the parks of Pineto, Valle Aurelia or Monte Ciocci.

In Lombardy, two cases were reported in Castiglione d'Adda (Lodi) and Maderno del Garda (Brescia) in recent days. Also in Lombardy, mosquito control activities are underway after two suspected dengue cases were reported in Padegne sul Garda (Brescia) and Monza.

Advice for Travellers

Dengue is an infection spread by mosquito bites that can cause a severe flu-like illness.

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.