Second dengue fever infection found in France

Health officials in France have found a second case of dengue fever following a Sept. 13 infection that was the first recorded in the nation since 1928.

French health officials told that the infections are of particular concern because it suggests that the disease may be taking hold as the insect settles on the European continent.

Officials told that this latest patient, a resident of Nice on the French Riviera, has recovered. The first case was also found in Nice. reports that officials with the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that the two recent cases were important public health events because this is the first time dengue fever has been recorded in continental Europe since 1927-1928.

Dengue is usually transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment. Symptoms include fever, headaches and joint pain. A small number of cases can cause hemorrhage and result in death, according to the ECDC.

Dengue fever begins with a sudden high fever, often as high as 104 degrees. A flat, red rash may appear over most of the body two to five days after the fever starts. A second rash, which looks like the measles, appears later. Infected people may have increased skin sensitivity and are very uncomfortable. Other symptoms include headaches, fatigue joint aches, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph nodes.