West Nile virus in Europe in 2020 - human cases compared to previous seasons, updated 29 October 2020
Between 23 and 29 October 2020, EU Member States reported two human cases of WNV infection: Greece (1) and Italy (1). These cases were reported from areas that have been affected during previous transmission seasons. This week, two deaths were reported by Greece. No human cases of WNV infection or deaths were reported from EU neighbouring countries.
Since the start of the 2020 transmission season and as of 29 October 2020, EU Member States have reported 308 human cases of WNV infection including 36 deaths through TESSy: Greece (143, including 22 deaths), Spain (76, including 7 deaths), Italy (66, including 5 deaths), Germany (12), Romania (6, including 1 death), Hungary (3), Bulgaria (1, including 1 death) and the Netherlands (1).
The province of Pazardzhik in Bulgaria, the province of Badajoz in Spain, the region of Utrecht in the Netherlands and five regions in Germany (Barnim, Ostprignitz-Ruppin, Saalekreis, Halle (Saale) and Meissen) reported locally-acquired human cases of WNV infection for the first time. All other cases were reported from areas that have been affected during previous transmission seasons. No cases have been reported from EU neighbouring countries.