(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Cases of West Nile virus in Italy more than doubled last week,
with at least seven people left dead by the mosquito-borne malady,
citing Xinhua .
The number of reported cases of West Nile virus had climbed to
94 since the start of June, up from 42 a week earlier, said the
ISS. Of the 94 total cases, more than half or 55 are the more
dangerous neuro-invasive form of the virus.
Five of the seven reported deaths related to the outbreak in
Italy were from the northeastern Italian region of Veneto, with one
from northwestern Piedmont and one from the central region of
So far there is no vaccine for the disease, though vaccine
research is being carried out. The ISS on Thursday recommended
those in high-risk areas avoid exposure to mosquitoes, either by
using insect repellent or clothing that covers the skin, and that
areas where the pests can easily reproduce, such as areas with
standing water accumulations, be eliminated or avoided.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO),
symptoms of West Nile fever, which is caused by the virus, can
include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor,
disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and
paralysis. The disease is usually not fatal, but it can be in some
cases, especially among the elderly and infirmed.
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