THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

West Nile fever detected in two newly affected Italian provinces

There were 12 new cases of West Nile fever reported in the European Union last week, including three cases in two newly affected Italian provinces, the European Centre for Disease Control said on Friday.

Italy reported three new cases in two provinces of the Emilia-Romagna region. There were three cases of West Nile fever reported in the region in 2008 and nine cases in 2009.

The ECDC also reported the identification of the place of infection of a case reported from Austria on August 14. The probable place of infection was the country's Sankt Pölten district.

During the reporting period, Greece reported new additional cases in areas with previous case reports.

There were also 57 new cases of West Nile fever during the last week, including 32 new cases in Serbia and 31 from areas with prior case reports.

As of Thursday, 42 human cases of West Nile fever were reported in the EU and 176 cases in neighboring countries since the start of the 2013 transmission season.

West Nile fever is a disease caused by West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen. One requirement of EU blood safety legislation is the timely collection of accurate information about areas affected by West Nile virus.