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Autochthonous outbreaks of chikungunya and dengue during the past decade showed that continental Europe is vulnerable to –borne infections. has spread geographically, resulting in more people exposed to risk. Timely application of adequate mosquito suppression measures may delay, or even prevent, the vector population from crossing the potential epidemic abundance threshold should a pathogen be introduced. Health authorities should be on alert to detect early cases to prevent autochthonous outbreaks.


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