Dengue Havoc: Dengue fever is increasing in Europe!


Dengue fever cases have been increasing rapidly in Europe for some time now. According to the warning issued by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), a dangerous mosquito called the 'tiger mosquito' is responsible for this disease.


Dengue fever cases have been increasing rapidly in Europe for some time now, which has raised concerns among health experts. A specific type of mosquito is being blamed for this disease - Aedes albopictus, which is commonly called 'tiger mosquito'.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), 130 cases of dengue fever were reported in 13 countries of the European Union in 2023. This number is much higher than the 71 cases in 2022. A huge increase has also been observed in cases of dengue infection during foreign travel. More than 4900 cases were reported in 2023, whereas this number was only 1572 in the monitoring from 2008 till now.

The danger of the tiger mosquito

The tiger mosquito is considered the world's most aggressive mosquito. It can bite at any time of the day and can spread serious diseases such as chikungunya and Zika virus in addition to dengue fever. The rapid spread of tiger mosquitoes is believed to be a result of climate change. Hot and humid climate is favorable for the growth of these mosquitoes. The ECDC says that tiger mosquitoes have already established themselves in 13 countries in Europe and there is a danger of their further spread due to climate change.

What can you do?

In view of the increasing cases of dengue in Europe, it is important that people remain alert. Pay special attention to cleanliness around the houses. Clean the water accumulated at the bottom of pots, broken utensils and tires, where mosquitoes can lay eggs. Wear full-sleeved shirts and full-length pants while going out. Use mosquito repellent cream or spray. If you notice symptoms like fever, severe headache, pain in muscles and joints, vomiting or nausea, consult a doctor immediately. The health departments of European countries have also become active to deal with this problem. Campaigns are being run to control mosquitoes. Also, people are being made aware of dengue fever. The spread of dengue fever in Europe can be prevented by timely vigilance and preventive measures.