Travel warning at popular holiday spot as illness is spread by 'aggressive' insects

Water in Lombardy Italy

A warning has been issued for Italy

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 04/09/2023

- 13:03

Updated: 04/09/2023

- 15:04

Holidaymakers heading to Italy have been given a health warning

Britons can risk their health when abroad as they can come into contact with different illnesses.

Those heading to the holiday hotspot Italy have been urged to be careful. Warnings are also in place when travelling to Spain, Turkey and France.

The warning for Italy comes as cases of Dengue fever have been detected in the European country.

Symptoms can vary greatly, with many people not experiencing any at all.

Mosquito on skin

Mosquitos can spread the illness


Others could notice high fever, nausea, headaches and possibly rashes.

In severe cases, holidaymakers will need to be hospitalised.

The illness is transmitted by mosquitoes and cases have been identified in Rome, Milan and in Lombardy.

Mosquito control activities were put into place in areas where infections were found.

Fit for Travel shared advice. It said: "The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk. They are particularly persistent and aggressive.

"If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.

"You can protect yourself by avoiding mosquito bites at all times.

"If you develop a high temperature (fever) either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history."

Coliseum in Rome Italy

Rome has reported cases of the illness


A health warning was recently shared for Spain following a monkeypox outbreak.

Turkey has also shared a warning for gastrointestinal illness after 250 cases were reported.

France has had cases of tick-borne encephalitis in recent months.

Those travelling to these countries should be careful and do what they can to protect themselves from possible infections.

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