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Paris fumigated to stop spread of ‘break-bone fever’

Insecticide is sprayed across potential mosquito-breeding sites over concern that dengue could spread in the city

Health authorities have fumigated Paris for the first time amid concerns that disease-ridden tiger mosquitoes could spread dengue in the French capital.

Stay-at-home alerts were issued and roads closed during the early hours of Thursday and Friday in two of the city’s suburbs, as pest control units sprayed insecticide across potential mosquito-breeding sites – such as trees, green spaces and stagnant water.

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