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The deadly West Nile virus continues to spread in Europe

The deadly West Nile virus continues to spread in Europe

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The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes. Photo: dpa

The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes.

Photo: dpa

Europe is experiencing an unprecedented wave of West Nile fever this summer. Approximately 800 cases were registered in the EU and more than 70 people died in Europe.



Solna / Athens – Health authorities have registered almost 800 cases of West Nile Fever this year among people in the European Union. At least 71 deaths have been reported in Europe by Thursday, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said Friday on its website. For example, the virus disease killed 26 people in Serbia, 13 in Italy, 12 in Romania and one in Hungary and Kosovo. 18 were killed for Greece, while the Greek Ministry of Health said Friday 21 deaths.


The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes. It mainly attacks birds, but can also infect horses and humans. At the end of August, the pathogen was found in Germany for the first time – in a gray-haired owl that had died in Halle Zoo. In Germany, all affected people are infected abroad.

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