By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Spain health authorities are reporting an outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV). The outbreaks, first reported in early August, have been recorded in Sevilla, Cádiz, and Huelva provinces (Andalucía region), and Badajoz province (Extremadura region).
Through October 8, a total of 75 WNV cases (40 confirmed and 35 probable), of which 56 cases presented neurological symptoms and required hospitalization. 7 deaths have been recorded.
The Spain outbreak has prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a travel notice for the area. All travelers are at risk. Travelers over 50 years of age are at the highest risk for severe disease from West Nile virus.
They report the most effective way to prevent infection from West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus bite most commonly during at sunrise and sunset. All travelers should take steps to prevent mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, and sleeping in an air-conditioned room with the windows closed, a room with window screens or under an insecticide-treated bed net.
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