West Nile fever in Europe in 2017; updated 27 October
Between 19 and 26 October 2017, Romania reported two cases, Italy reported one case and Serbia reported one case. France reported one case in a newly affected area. All other cases were notified in areas already considered to be affected. Serbia reported one death due to West Nile fever and Romania reported three deaths. In addition, ten equine West Nile fever cases were reported through the Animal Disease Notification System (ADNS) of the European Commission. Italy reported five cases, Spain reported four and Greece reported one.
West Nile fever in Europe in 2017 and previous transmission seasons
Since the beginning of the 2017 transmission season and as of 26 October 2017, the EU Member States reported 197 cases: Romania (64 cases), Italy (55), Greece (48), Hungary (19), Croatia (5), Austria (4), France (1) and Bulgaria (1). Seventy-one cases were reported in neighbouring countries: Serbia (49), Turkey (5) and Israel (17). Twenty-four deaths due to West Nile fever have been reported since the start of the transmission season: Romania (13 deaths), Greece (5), Hungary (1), Italy (1), Croatia (1), Serbia (2) and Turkey (1).Read more
Factsheet about West Nile virus infection
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that is maintained in an enzootic cycle between mosquitoes and birds. Humans and horses are incidental dead-end hosts.Read more