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Iceland admit to an error in the diagnoses of Chikungunya Virus in Alicante

Iceland admit to an error in the diagnoses of Chikungunya Virus in Alicante

Iceland admit to an error in the diagnoses of Chikungunya Virus in Alicante

Iceland now says that there was an error in diagnosing chikungunya to three Icelanders who had just arrived from Alicante, after warnings were reported by the Spanish Press over the weekend.

The Icelandic health authorities activated the European alert on June 12, specifying that the infection had occurred in Alicante by a tiger mosquito bite, something that is now in question. The false positive is attributed to a laboratory failure.

Please note this news article has been translated from Spanish to English, as such some detail may be slightly lost in Translation.  The original article can be read at diarioinformacion.com

The Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday that the Icelandic laboratory that diagnosed chikungunya to three Icelanders of the same family who had just returned to their country after a few days of vacation in Alicante made AN ERROR.  After checking the analyzes, the laboratory now concludes that false positives were found . In Spain, the analyzes carried out at the National Microbiology Center have been negative, according to the ministry.

The General Directorate of Public Health is awaiting the results of a third analysis commissioned from a European laboratory, requested after the alert notification by Iceland on June 12. Upon hearing of these three alleged cases, the Ministry asked Iceland for information on the movements of the three tourists during their stay in Alicante. Then he transferred the data to the Generalitat to initiate prevention and control actions.

Public Health of the Valencian Community conducted a retrospective search of possible cases, launched an active surveillance and entomological research in the areas where the cases were housed. “Preliminary reports indicated that the health services had not yet identified any case compatible with Chikungunya virus fever and that Aedes mosquitoes had not been identified in the areas studied. Faced with this situation and waiting for the result of the third laboratory and another sample analysis in convalescent phase, the cases can be considered as false positives “, indicate from the Ministry.

Despite these results, from this department remind that in the Spanish Mediterranean coast is one of the vectors for the transmission of this virus and that imported cases are identified in travelers from endemic areas every year. The tiger mosquito has colonized 60% of the territory of the Community.

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