Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Regulatory alert 002/2019 - Dengue

Issued 3 October 2019

Notice for 

•    Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector 
•    Licence contacts in the Organ Donation and Transplantation sector 


This alert is being issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and includes information about a recent case of Dengue in an individual in Spain.

Please circulate this information to staff within your establishment undertaking activities which may be affected by this notice.


On 2 October 2019, the Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) in Spain created an alert on the EU Rapid Alert on Substances of Human Origin platform confirming a case of Dengue in a person residing in a municipality of Santa Coloma de Gramanet (Barcelona) in the region of Catalonia. This case has been considered as a possible autochthonous case.

Action taken by the HTA

The HTA has issued this alert to all UK establishments that handle human tissues and cells for human application or are involved in solid organ transplantation to raise awareness of potential Dengue transmission from donors to recipients.

Actions for establishments

This alert is to ensure that all establishments are aware of the recent reports of Dengue and can review their donor selection and evaluation procedures accordingly.

Up-to-date information on cases of Dengue in Europe can be found here.

Last updated on: 3 Oct 2019