7 Feb 2013

Clinical presentation and laboratory findings for the first autochthonous cases of dengue fever in Madeira island, Portugal, October 2012 (Euro Surveill., abstract, edited)

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Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 6, 07 February 2013

Rapid communications

Clinical presentation and laboratory findings for the first autochthonous cases of dengue fever in Madeira island, Portugal, October 2012

M J Alves ()1, P L Fernandes2, F Amaro1, H Osório1, T Luz1, P Parreira1, G Andrade2, L Zé-Zé1, H Zeller3

  1. Centro de Estudos de Vectores e Doenças Infecciosas, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge, Águas de Moura, Portugal
  2. Laboratório de Patologia Clínica, Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, Funchal, Região Autónoma da Madeira, Portugal
  3. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden

Citation style for this article: Alves MJ, Fernandes PL, Amaro F, Osório H, Luz T, Parreira P, Andrade G, Zé-Zé L, Zeller H. Clinical presentation and laboratory findings for the first autochthonous cases of dengue fever in Madeira island, Portugal, October 2012. Euro Surveill. 2013;18(6):pii=20398. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20398
Date of submission: 22 January 2013


An outbreak of dengue fever in Madeira island was reported in 2012. Clinical and laboratory findings of the first two laboratory-confirmed autochthonous cases are reported. Both cases had fever (≥38 °C) and petechial rash. Symptoms also included myalgia, asthenia, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, diffuse abdominal pain, and diarrhoea. The two cases were confirmed by serology and one tested positive for a dengue viral sequence. Dengue virus serotype DEN-1 was identified with probable Central or South American origin.

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