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West Nile Virus in Europe (Update 1)

06 Sep 2017

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Linkreports the following cases of West Nile virus (WNV) from the beginning of the 2017 transmission season to 31 August 2017.

Austria: 6 cases

Greece: 37 cases

Hungary: 5 cases

Israel: 4 cases

Italy: 27 cases

Romania: 16 cases

Serbia: 12 cases

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.

Note for blood donors: If you have travelled to an area with WNV in the past 4 months you may need to be tested for WNV before donating blood. All travel must be mentioned to the Blood Transfusion Service so that they can determine whether you need to be tested. The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service have produced a leaflet which details information about blood donation after travel:

For further information see West Nile Fever.