Risk for travellers
Local cases have been reported on Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin islands. Travellers are advised to apply personal protective measures against mosquito bites. ECDC is providing regular updates in its weekly threat reports.
Dengue in France and Spain
In 2018 locally acquired dengue cases were reported in France and Spain. Sporadic local cases occasionally occur in Europe after the introduction of the virus by travellers into areas with Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, during the season.Read the ECDC risk assessment
Guidelines for surveillance of mosquitoes
Technical guidance for surveillance of native and invasive mosquitoes and information on conducting risk assessment of mosquito-borne diseases in EuropeView the guidelines
Expert consultation: Dengue and chikungunya preparedness in Europe: priorities and road map
Prevention and control
The best protection against mosquito-borne diseases is preventing mosquito bites. Control measures include strengthening mosquito surveillance in areas in Europe at risk of importation of mosquitoes and virus transmission.
Vectors of dengue: Aedes aegypti
Aedes aegypti is a known vector of several viruses including yellow fever virus, dengue virus chikungunya virus and Zika virus. In Europe, imported cases are reported every year.Read the factsheet
Vectors of dengue: Aedes albopictus
This mosquito species is a known vector of chikungunya virus, dengue virus and dirofilariasis.Read the factsheet
The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come
Need for additional capacity and improved capability for molecular detection of yellow fever virus in European Expert Laboratories: External Quality Assessment, March 2018