New data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has shown there has been an increase in the number of cases of West Nile fever being reported in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and neighbouring countries compared with the same period in the previous years.
Data published by the ECDC has shown that between 27 July and 02 August, Italy reported 27 human cases of West Nile fever followed by Greece with 21 cases. Hungary reported five cases and Romania reported two cases. In neighbouring EU countries, a total of 29 cases were reported in Serbia. According to the ECDC, two related deaths were reported in Italy and one death in Serbia.
Since the beginning of this year’s West Nile virus transmission season, a total of 111 human cases of West Nile fever have been reported in EU/EEA Member States. Seventy cases have been reported in Serbia. All of the human cases reported during the current transmission season were reported in previously affected countries.
According to the EU regulations, EU Member states should defer or test prospective blood donors who have travelled to or reside in areas with West Nile transmission.