Recent expansion of dengue virus serotype 3 in West Africa

L. Franco, A. di Caro, F. Carletti, O. Vapalahti, C. Renaudat, H. Zeller, A. Tenorio

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Due to non-existing or limited surveillance in Africa, little is known about the epidemiology of dengue illness in the continent. Serological and virological data obtained from returning European travellers is a key complement to this often flawed information. In the past years, dengue 3 virus has emerged in West Africa and has been detected in travellers returning to Europe. The first dengue epidemic in Cape Verde with more than 17,000 cases from September to December 2009 demonstrated that dengue virus is still expanding worldwide to new territories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 18 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology


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