ECDC publishes weekly maps on West Nile fever cases in EuropeArchived
ECDC West Nile fever maps are based on information provided by the health authorities across Europe with the objective to inform the national competent authorities about WNV affected areas.
ECDC West Nile fever maps are based on information provided by the health authorities across Europe with the objective to inform the national competent authorities about WNV affected areas. This supports EU blood safety legislation; the EU Blood Directive, where EU Member States initiate control measures to ensure blood safety when cases/outbreaks of West Nile fever are occurring, in particular to defer all blood donations from affected areas with ongoing West Nile virus transmission.
The report includes a map showing the geographical distribution of the reported human cases; as well as a situation update and a table on the number of cases according to countries and areas. It encompasses EU Member States and the bordering countries, included in the WHO European region and/or bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
A major challenge to the implementation of this regulation is the timely collecting of accurate information about affected areas. To address this need, ECDC undertakes to collect data from the countries and provide, for the 2011 transmission season, weekly updates on the reported cases of West Nile fever.
In 2010, human cases of West Nile fever were reported in several EU and bordering countries. (Romania, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Russia). West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus; humans are mainly infected through mosquito bites, although infection through organ transplantation and blood transfusion has been documented, as has trans-placental transmission.
Epidemiological update: West Nile virus transmission season in Europe, 2018
14 Dec 2018 - During the 2018 transmission season, 1503 human cases and 285 outbreaks among equids were reported in the European Union.
Zoonotic diseases: progress has stalled
12 Dec 2018 - There were only minor fluctuations in reported cases of three main zoonotic diseases in the European Union (EU) last year compared with 2016.
Epidemiological update: West Nile fever in Europe - Number of infections so far exceeds the total number in the previous five years
24 Sep 2018 - Since the last epidemiological update on 31 August 2018, European countries have reported 530 new West Nile virus (WNV) cases and 52 deaths. The number of WNV infections reported so far exceeds the total number of infections in the previous five years.