Saturday, September 7, 2013

Number of people infected with WNV rises to 137 in Serbia

9/6/2013 6:47:00 PM
 BELGRADE -A total of 137 human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been registered at the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases in Serbia, 12 of whom died, Tanjug learnt from the clinic's director, Professor Dr. Dragan Delic, on Friday. He notes that the latest figure is not final, as results of relevant tests for some newly admitted patients are yet to arrive. 

 “The inflow of patients whose symptoms are reminiscent of WNV continues, we admitted five patients during the night,” Dr. Delic said. Most patients in the hospital have symptoms of meningitis (inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord), encephalitis (brain inflammation) and meningoencephalitis.
 He said that the virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, so its spreading can continue as long as these mosquitoes are active. Photo Tanjug/S. Radovanovic (ilustration)

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