Three cases of imported dengue virus infection from Madeira to Belgium, 2012

Lieselotte Cnops, Leticia Franco, Britt Van Meensel, Jozef Van den Ende, Maria Paz Sanchez-Seco, Marjan Van Esbroeck

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We report three laboratory-confirmed dengue virus (DENV) infections imported to Belgium by travelers returning from Madeira (Portugal). Despite the use of a mosquito-repellent spray as reported by two patients, the infection could not be prevented. Diagnosis was made by antigen detection and real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in two cases and by serology 1 month after onset of symptoms in a third one. The responsible virus was identified as DENV serotype 1, American/African genotype (genotype V). The close relationship to isolates from Colombia supports the previous findings that a South American strain originated the outbreak in Madeira in 2012.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Travel Medicine
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)344-348
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Belgium
  • Culicidae
  • Dengue
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insect Vectors
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Portugal
  • Travel


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