Following an invitation from the local authorities, ECDC sent a team of experts to Madeira in autumn 2012 to support the response to the outbreak of dengue fever. This is the first documented outbreak of dengue in Madeira, and only four cases of locally acquired dengue have been reported in the EU/EEA since 2005. ECDC assisted the local authorities with an epidemiological assessment of the situation and guidance for outbreak control. The first report of this outbreak was made on 3 October 2012 and over 2 200 people from across Europe – with the vast majority being identified in Madeira - have been confirmed as being infected to date.
A comprehensive set of recommendations have been made to the local authorities by ECDC following the mission. The recommendations address both the public health aspects of the outbreak as well as the control measures required to reduce the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease. The recommendations cover issues such as diagnostics to blood safety to raising awareness of how to improve the management of vector control measures.
Follow up visit, March 2013
A ECDC follow-up mission visited Madeira and Lisbon in earlier this month. The mission’s main focus is the assessment of the activities carried out so far and the planning of the next set of actions according to the current situation and the possible future scenarios.
Read the full report: Dengue outbreak in Madeira, Portugal, October – November 2012, 18 March 2013
Dengue fever health topic
Epidemiological update: Outbreak of dengue in Madeira, Portugal, 14 February 2013
Rapid risk assessment: Update on autochthonous dengue cases in Madeira, Portugal, 20 November 2012