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07 Oct 2018 | 11:25 PM UTC

Czech Republic: Two cases of West Nile virus reported in Breclav

Czech Republic News Alert

Health officials report two cases of West Nile Virus in Breclav as of early October; take precaution against mosquitoes

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/7/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/14/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Prague). COUNTRY/REGION Breclav

Event

Health officials in the Czech Republic have confirmed at least two cases of West Nile virus, including one associated fatality, in Breclav as of early October. Authorities have advised residents to take precautions against mosquitoes.

Context

West Nile virus is a disease most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes. The majority of infected people exhibit no symptoms, but it is estimated that 20 percent of infected people exhibit symptoms of West Nile fever and 1 percent develop severe neurological infections such as encephalitis and meningitis, certain effects of which can be permanent. The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that people over 50 have an increased risk of getting severely ill from the West Nile virus.

Advice

Travelers in the Czech Republic are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites - e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping in an air-conditioned room - and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds in and around their residences (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.). Individuals exhibiting symptoms of serious infection should seek medical attention immediately.

 

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