Greek health officials have reported 21 additional confirmed human West Nile virus (WNV) cases during the past week, bringing the country total to 43 in 2018.

Image/3dman_eu via pixabay
Image/3dman_eu via pixabay

Of the total, 35 presented with neuro-invasive disease (WNND, encephalitis and/or meningitis and/or acute flaccid paralysis) and eight (8) cases with mild symptoms (febrile syndrome). No deaths have been reported.

In Europe, since the beginning of the 2018 transmission season, as of 2 August 2018, 111 human cases have been reported in the EU/EEA Member States. Italy reported 51 cases, including two deaths, Greece 43 cases, Hungary ten cases and Romania seven cases. Seventy human cases, including four deaths, have been reported in the EU neighboring countries, all by Serbia.

Europe’s  2018 transmission season started earlier than usual and higher case numbers have been reported compared with the same period in the previous years, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. All human cases reported during the current transmission season were reported in previously affected countries.