About two months after Europe reported the first human West Nile virus (WNV) was seen in Sofia, Bulgaria, health officials are now reporting seven human WNV cases across several countries.
As of Aug. 13, the seven human cases of WNV reported in EU Member States include: Italy (4), Bulgaria (1), Romania (1) and Austria (1). In addition, eight cases were detected in neighboring countries of Israel (7) and Serbia (1).
During the past week, Austria reported its first case of West Nile fever, detected in an asymptomatic blood donor from Vienna. In neighbouring countries, Serbia reported a laboratory-confirmed case of West Nile virus infection in Juzno-Banatski district. This is the first case reported by Serbia in the current transmission season. Israel reported four new cases diagnosed in August in the following areas: Northern District (2), Tel Aviv (1) and Central District (1).