New data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that almost 1,500 cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported in European Union (EU) Member States so far this year.
Between 12 and 18 October, EU Member States reported 34 human WNV infections in Italy (14), Hungary (9), Greece (8), France (2) and Austria (1), bringing the total number of human cases reported by EU Member States in 2018 to 1,436.
The ECDC said human cases were reported for the first time in two areas of France, while all other human cases were reported from areas that have been affected during previous transmission seasons.
The ECDC also highlighted a case of suspected WNV infection in a veterinarian in Germany who was diagnosed with a suspected case of the infection last month after performing an autopsy on a deceased owl found in a wildlife park.
EU neighbouring countries reported 16 cases last week, all by Serbia. The total number of cases in EU neighbouring countries is 498.
A total of 172 deaths due to WNV infection have been reported by EU Member States and neighbouring countries.