A media report of 9 September 2016 asserts that approximately 40 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection were registered in Romania between the 1 May to 31 Aug 2016. This figure is aledgedly higher than the total number of WNV infections recorded in 2015. Four of these WNV cases are reported to have died.
Cases of WNV infection were registered in Bucharest, but also in Mures, Iasi, Neamt, Galati, Dolj, Prahova, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Ilfov, Ialomita, Braila, and Tulcea counties.
Advice for Travellers
There is no vaccine against WNV.
Travellers should practice Mosquito Bite Avoidance when visiting areas experiencing an outbreak of WNV. These outbreaks will be listed on the destination pages of fitfortravel. Medical advice can be sought if symptoms develop following travel to a risk area.
You cannot donate blood for one month if you have travelled to an area experiencing a WNV outbreak. All travel must be mentioned to the Blood Transfusion Service before donating.