The West Nile Virus is continuing to spread in this region of Europe. Romanian authorities are reporting a sharp increase in the number of cases. Since May of this year, 25 cases have been reported in Romania. Two patients have since died. Compared to the same period in 2015, the number of cases has quadrupled.
The Romanian publication Romania Libera quoted statements from the Public Health Department (DSP) in Bucharest, according to which a 63-year-old lady from Craiova was taken to a hospital with symptoms of West Nile Fever, the illness triggered by the virus, as recently as August 6th, 2016. Once it became clear what she might be suffering from, she was taken to an emergency hospital. Two weeks later, meaning a few days ago, the case was finally confirmed. There was another recent case in Craiova and one in Goiesti.
It is unclear whether the west Nile Virus might or already has spread to neighbouring countries, such as Bulgaria.
The West Nile Virus is being spread by mosquito bites. Most infections in humans hardly have any symptoms. But, when the virus triggers the West Nile Fever, the symptoms would be fever, headache, vomiting, nausea and rash. Symptoms usually appear two to fifteen days after the infection. The illness can be dangerous.
By Imanuel Marcus