During the past week, 26 new cases of West Nile fever were detected in the EU, which is the highest number of new cases for 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.
ECDC’s West Nile fever maps
The weekly West Nile fever report comprises maps of the present geographic distribution of reported autochthonous human cases in the EU and neighbouring countries, a situation update and a table presenting cases by country and area.
All information is provided in order to inform the competent authorities responsible for blood safety in areas with ongoing transmission of West Nile virus to humans in order to support the implementation of blood safety legislation.
According to EU blood safety legislation
, EU Member States must initiate control measures to ensure blood safety in the event of cases of West Nile fever. A major challenge to the implementation of this regulation has been the timely collection of accurate information about affected areas.
See the Weekly maps of West Nile fever cases in Europe.