First case of chikungunya diagnosed in Spain

For the first time, an individual with no history of travel to a chikungunya-endemic area has tested positive for the disease in Spain. On 3 August 2015, WHO/Europe was notified of a case of chikungunya infection in the city of Gandia, Valencian Community.

A 60-year-old man developed symptoms on 7 July in France and sought care. He was hospitalized on 11 July in Spain upon his return and discharged on 16 July. He tested positive for chikungunya on 31 July. 

Both Spanish and French health authorities are establishing vector control measures and carrying out relevant investigations. WHO/Europe has been providing them with technical support.

WHO encourages countries to develop and maintain the capacity to detect and manage patients and engage the community in reducing the presence of the mosquito vectors of chikungunya.