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In late February-early April 2010, five cases of dengue fever were diagnosed in returning travellers in Europe in EurotravNet sites in Sweden and France in patients with travel history to the Comoros and/or Zanzibar, Tanzania. Four cases were non-complicated dengue fever and one case dengue hemorrhagic fever. Three patients were viraemic at the time of diagnosis and infected with Dengue type 3 virus. An estimated 100 million cases of dengue fever and 250,000 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever occur annually worldwide [1]. The past 20 years have seen a dramatic geographic expansion of epidemic dengue fever from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, and the Americans. An increasing number of reports of dengue fever and associated illness among travellers to dengue virus–infected areas paralleled the changing epidemiology of dengue in local populations [1]. In 2010 (until 14 April), five cases of dengue fever including one case of dengue haemorrhagic fever, have been reported from EurotravNet sites in France and Sweden, in four travellers returning from the Comoros and one traveller returning from Zanzibar, Tanzania. EurotravNet, the Network for travel medicine and tropical diseases of the European Centre for Disease Control consists of 14 core sites in nine European countries and participants monitor travel related infectious diseases in Europe (www.eurotravnet.eu).


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