Seven more cases of West Nile fever detected in Germany

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In Germany, several more cases of mosquito-borne West Nile fever have been reported. Among the sick seven residents of Leipzig, one from Berlin. The virus is suspected in several other cases, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said. Virologists believe that all those infected were bitten by local mosquitoes. The virus causes tropical fever.

After seven infected Berliners developed symptoms, additional tests were performed. One person from Berlin was diagnosed with an infection by donating blood. According to available information, there are still several suspicions of West Nile fever in Leipzig and Berlin.

On September 3, the RKI reported the first four infections this year. It is known that as a result of the disease, one of the patients, a 76-year-old man, developed encephalitis. In two more patients, a 32-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man, the disease developed into meningitis. Both diseases are inflammatory diseases of the brain. At the moment, scientists are investigating possible sites of infection.

West Nile fever is an acute infectious (viral) disease transmitted by mosquitoes and proceeding with polyadenitis, skin rashes and severe inflammation of the meninges, and sometimes meningoencephalitis. West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause neurological disease and death. It is estimated that about one in 150 people develop the most severe form of the disease.

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