An outbreak of chikungunya fever in the Italian province of Ravenna “marks the first recorded occasion that this virus has been transmitted by mosquitoes in Europe,” according to a report published on September 6 (Angelini R et al. Euro Surveill. 2007;12:E070906.1 and Depoortere E et al. Euro Surveill. 2006;11:E060511.2). According to Italian health authorities, as of September 13, there were 254 suspected cases of chikungunya fever, 78 of which had been laboratory-confirmed (including 1 death, an 83-year-old man with severe underlying health problems).
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