West Nile fever maps, 9 August 2012: further human cases in the EU and its neighbourhoodArchived

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Fourteen new human cases of West Nile fever have been reported for the EU and 36 for its neighbourhood over the past week.

Fourteen new human cases of West Nile fever have been reported for the EU and 36 for its neighbourhood over the past week.Thirteen new cases were reported in Greece by the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO). Of these, 10 cases were reported from the Attiki prefecture, an area with previous case reports, and two from newly affected prefectures, Achaia (one confirmed case) and Xanthi (one probable case). For one other confirmed case, the place of exposure is undetermined. New cases and affected areas in Greece are not unexpected given that since 2010 there has been progressive geographical expansion of West Nile virus transmission throughout the country, as stated in the recently published ECDC risk assessment on the epidemiological situation of West Nile fever in Greece.In Italy, a confirmed case has been detected in the Venezia province. This asymptomatic case has been identified by systematic screening of blood donors implemented in the provinces of the Veneto Region that had West Nile fever case reports in 2011.

In neighbouring countries, Russia reported 36 new cases in Volgogradskaya oblast, an area with previous case reports.

Every Friday ECDC publishes on its website the West Nile fever maps, the information being based on cases reported up to the Thursday of each week.