Protracted rheumatic manifestations in travelersArchived
This paper describes a small retrospective observational study of Israeli travellers presenting to a tropical medicine clinic with a history of prolonged (4 weeks), non-traumatic arthralgia or arthritis over a 5 year period.
First two autochthonous dengue virus infections in metropolitan France, September 2010Archived
In September 2010, two cases of autochthonous dengue fever were diagnosed in metropolitan France for the first time. The cases occurred in Nice, southeast France, where the vector Aedes albopictus is established.
Trends in Imported Chikungunya Virus Infections in Germany, 2006-2009Archived
As parts of Germany are considered potential colonization areas for A. albopictus, monitoring the trends of Chikungunya importation to Germany is a prerequisite for early detection of potential autochthonus cases.
Severe Imported Plasmodium falciparum Malaria, France 1996-2003Archived
Using surveillance data obtained from 21,888 imported Plasmodium falciparum cases in France during 1996-2003, factors independently associated with severe malaria (832 cases; ≈3.8%) were older age, European origin, travel to eastern Africa, absence of chemoprophylaxis, initial visit to a general practitioner, time to diagnosis of 4 to 12 days, and diagnosis during the fall-winter season.
Severe Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in a tertiary care hospital in Sabah, Malaysian BorneoArchived
56 adult patients with PCR confirmed P. knowlesi malaria from Sabah are described. 22 (39%) of these had strictly defined severe malaria including respiratory distress, acute renal failure and shock.
Chikungunya in Pacific Region
As of 15 October, 59 chikungunya cases have been reported in the commune of Teva i Uta, Tahiti, French Polynesia . No fatalities had been associated with this event.
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) declared for Zika and clusters of microcephaly and neurological disorders
ECDC welcomes the decision of the WHO Director-General to declare a PHEIC, in light of evidence possibly linking microcephaly cases to Zika virus infections.
An imported case of congenital malformation associated with Zika virus infection in Slovenia ex Brazil
This case report from Slovenia adds to the body of evidence that transplacental infections with Zika virus can cause severe central nervous system damage and microcephaly.
Association of Zika virus infection with Guillain–Barré syndrome
A new study provides strong epidemiological evidence that Zika virus is associated with Guillain–Barré syndrome. In addition, it shows that pre-exposure to dengue does not seem to increase the risk.
Updated WHO guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus: period of recommended preventive measures for returning travellers extended from four to eight weeks
ECDC endorses the update in the WHO recommendations on preventative measures against Zika virus infection for returning travellers and is changing its recommendations accordingly.