In a follow-up on the West Nile virus (WNV) situation in Romania, the National Center for Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control reported (computer translated) since the start of surveillance on May 2, 2018, 23 meningitis / meningo-encephalitis have been reported due to West Nile virus infection and a death in the case of a 79-year-old patient who had comorbidities.
Officials say the cases in Romania are sporadic and there is currently no risk of an epidemic.
In addition to Romania (23), in 2018, as of 9 August 2018, the EU Member States reported 231 human cases. Italy reported 123 cases, Greece 59 cases, Hungary 23 cases and France 3 cases. The EU neighboring countries reported 104 human cases. Serbia reported 102 cases and Kosovo reported two cases.
To date, a total of 17 deaths due to West Nile fever have been reported by Serbia (9), Italy (3), Greece (3), Kosovo (1) and Romania (1).
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