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West Nile Virus in Europe (Update 4)

15 Nov 2017

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  reports West Nile virus (WNV) continues to be tranmitted in Europe.

From the beginning of the 2017 transmission season to 9 November 2017, WNV disease has been reported from: Romania (66 cases), Italy (57), Greece (48), Hungary (20), Croatia (5), Austria (4), France (1) and Bulgaria (1).

Outside the European Union, cases have been reported from Serbia (49), Turkey (5) and Israel (28).

Deaths from West Nile fever have occurred in Romania (14), Greece (5), Hungary (2), Italy (1), Croatia (1), Serbia (2) and Turkey (1).

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.