First Case of Nile Fever

Andalucia has had its first case of West Nile Fever this year with the victim suffering from meningoencephalitis, brought on by the West-Nile Virus.

AND Mosquito BiteAndalucia has had its first case of West Nile Fever this year with the victim suffering from meningoencephalitis, brought on by the West-Nile Virus.

The case, which was discovered in the province Sevilla, has been reported to the Sistema de Vigilancia Epidemiológica de Andalucía and the victim is now in an Intensive Care Unit.

The established protocol stipulates that all cases of meningoencephalitis detected whose origin is uncertain must be tested for the WNV, which was how this case was discovered.

A sample has been sent to Hospital Virgen de las Nieves in Granada, which has a benchmark laboratory in this field. Another sample was sent to the Centro Nacional de Microbiología.

There was an outbreak last year with 76 cases between Andalucía and Extremadura, 71 of which were in the former, most of which were centred in Sevilla. It resulted in four deaths there and three in the province of Cádiz.

(News: Andalucia)

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