Public health authorities in Italy have reported ongoing transmission of dengue in Lombardy and Lazio.
As of 2 October 2023, the total number of cases reported from the province of Lodi, Lombardy region is 27.
As of 26 September 2023, there have been 13 cases in Rome, Lazio region. Two locally-acquired dengue cases have also detected in the province of Latina, Lazio region.
Dengue is an infection found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide. Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.
All travellers to endemic regions are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.
Aedes mosquitoes are particularly persistent and aggressive. They bite between dawn and dusk.
A new dengue vaccine Qdenga® has been licensed in the UK and is awaiting JCVI recommendations for use.
Travellers developing a fever during or on return from travel are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
For further information see TRAVAX dengue fever page.