West Nile Virus Cases Rising in Italy

Italy has recorded 94 cases of the West Nile virus as of August 4, with 52 new cases recorded in one week.

The Italian Higher Health Institute (ISS) said that there were 16 neuro-invasive cases in Emilia-Romagna, 33 in Veneto, four in Piedmont and two in Lombardy.

There were also seven reported deaths, five in Veneto, one in Piedmont and one in Emilia-Romagna.

The West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquito bites, while most infected people develop no symptoms. 

Symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash usually appear two to six days after being bitten but can develop up to 14 days after exposure.

Only less than 1 percent of infected individuals usually develop serious neurologic illness but can be fatal. 

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