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West Nile Fever in the European Region

03 Sep 2013

During the past week, 26 new cases of West Nile fever were detected in the EU, which is the highest number of new cases in a week for the 2013 season so far.

The number of newly affected areas and EU countries is also increasing. The first probable case of West Nile fever was detected in Croatia, in Zagrebacka county, laboratory results for case confirmation are still pending. There are newly affected areas in all EU countries, reporting West Nile fever cases: Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania.

As of 29 August 2013, 68 human cases of West Nile fever have been reported in the EU and 256 cases in neighbouring countries since the beginning of the 2013 transmission season.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers should be aware of the risk of West Nile fever in Europe and take steps to avoid mosquito bites.