SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

ECDC reports 12 new EU cases of West Nile fever last week

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported 12 new cases of West Nile fever in the week ending on Thursday in the countries of the European Union.

West Nile fever is an illness caused by the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. Nine of the new cases occurred in Greece, with four cases in Attiki, two in Kavala, two in Xanthi and one in Thessaloniki. Hungary reported its first case in Pest county and Romania reported its first confirmed case in Galati county. Pest county was affected by West Nile fever in 2012, while Galati county was affected in both 2011 and 2010.

Austria reported a confirmed case of West Nile fever infection, but the case is still under investigation.

There were 44 new cases of West Nile fever reported in the week ending on Thursday in neighboring countries. The Russian Federation reported 26 cases. Ten of the cases were from areas with previous case reports: Saratov oblast with four, Astrakhan oblast with three and Volgograd oblast with three. Sixteen of the cases were from newly affected areas, including eight in the Samarskaya oblast, four in the Rostovskaya oblast, two from the Lipetskaya oblast, one from the Voronezhskaya oblast and one from the Adygeya republic.

Serbia reported 10 new cases, including seven cases in Grad Beograd, and one case each in the Sremski district, Podunavski district and Macva district. Israel reported eight new cases, including four in the Central district, two in Haifa and two in Tel Aviv.

The ECDC's West Nile fever maps report the geographic distribution of reported human West Nile fever cases in the EU and neighboring countries. The information is meant to help authorities responsible for blood safety in areas with ongoing West Nile virus transmission to support the implementation of legislation for blood safety.