West Nile fever monitoring: First West Nile fever cases found in EU
The first West Nile fever cases in the EU have been reported, during the past week, in two countries - Italy and Romania.
- Italy - one confirmed case in Bologna;
- Romania - two confirmed cases, in Dojl district and Braila district.
Since 30 May, ECDC has been monitoring the current 2016 West Nile fever transmission season in Europe and the neighboring countries. The first European case was found in Russia, at the beginning of July and cases continue to be reported there, and in the countries neighboring Europe, several cases already occurred in Israel.
The ECDC West Nile fever Surveillance Atlas provides interactive maps and a table of cases, updated every Friday on the ECDC website - based on reported locally transmitted cases during the past week. The specific aim of the weekly updated maps is to provide timely information on affected areas to the blood safety authorities in Europe and thus support them in the application of related EU regulations. According to the EU regulations, EU Member states should defer of donors who have travelled to or reside in areas with West Nile transmission.