France reports first dengue infection on mainland: ministry

13th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

France reported a first case of dengue fever infection on its mainland Monday, in the southern city of Nice, and is trying to kill mosquitoes which might be carrying the deadly disease in the area.

"This is an isolated case and no other has yet been noticed. The patient is better and in good health," the health ministry said in a statement.

"To prevent any spread of the virus, epidemiological and entomological surveillance measures will be reinforced. Mosquito control measures have been undertaken around the area where the affected person lives," it said.

Dengue, transmitted to humans by female Aedes mosquitoes, causes a flu-like illness for most victims. One strain of it can cause internal bleeding and it can lead to death.

© 2010 AFP

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