I love Thursdays, because that's when Eurosurveillance comes out, and it always has something of interest. Case in point: an article in the February 11 issue on Zika virus infections in three travellers returning from South America and the Caribbean respectively, to Montpellier, France, December 2015 to January 2016. The abstract:
We report three unrelated cases of Zika virus infection in patients returning from Martinique, Brazil and Colombia respectively, to Montpellier, France. They developed symptoms compatible with a mosquito-borne disease, and serological and molecular investigations indicated a recent Zika virus infection.
Considering the recent warning for the likely teratogenicity of Zika virus and the presence of competent mosquito vectors in southern France, these cases highlight the need for awareness of physicians and laboratories in Europe.
Since early 2015 there has been a rapid spread of Zika virus infections in South America with a subsequent threat for importation of that emerging disease in other regions of the world. Here we describe three cases in travellers returning to France from affected areas.